Mosque closures in Munich highlight lack of Muslim prayer spaces in Germany

The Bavarian capital of Munich is one of Germany’s boom towns: rapid population growth in the past few years has driven up rents and strained public services.1) http://www.sueddeutsche.de/muenchen/einwohnerprognosen-warum-das-bevoelkerungswachstum-in-muenchen-probleme-macht-1.2984306 Now, another consequence of the city’s expansion has become clear: a lack of mosques and...

Bariza Khiari wants ‘to structure French Islam’

The national delegate for En Marche, Bariza Khiari, hopes to play a role in the transformation of French Islam. She also speaks out against the Foundation for Islam in France. Her "last political struggle," was Emmanuel Macron's election, and she has big plans for her...

‘Halal days’ for French Muslims

The fourth annual "halal days" were held May 18-21 and took place in schools, associations, and other Muslim organizations. The event aimed to "raise awareness about the importance of eating halal and eating well." Participating organizations agreed to open their doors to the public to...

300 butchers adopt ‘non halal’ label

The association "Vigilance Halal" (or, Attention Halal) was founded in 2012 by the veterinarian Alain de Peretti, who also is a National Front supporter. The organization aims to combat ritual slaughter, namely halal, through public...

Macron will ‘not recognize Palestine’

Newly elected French President Emmanuel Macron has reiterated that he will not recognize Palestine as a state as it would hinder good relations between Israel and France Prior to his election win, Macron said he...

Legislative elections: The Collective Against Islamophobia(CCIF )founder candidate in Sarcelles

  Samy Debah, who founded the Collective Against Islamophobia in France in 2004, quietly left the organization in March. "I have never been loyal to a single political party. Since I've become an official candidate, activists from...

Muslim organizations celebrate Macron victory

  Following the announcement of Emmanuel Macron's victory, the Grand Mosque of Paris released the following statement: "The Grand Mosque of Paris sees signs of a France that has reconciled its spiritual and religious differences in order...

Why do the French Fear Islam?

Although Marine le Pen did not win the French presidential elections, the anti islamic discourses and practices will not abate. This essay explains why, focusing in particular on the lack of symbolic integration of...

German Interior Minister revives the debate on a ‘guiding culture’ to which Muslims must...

  Periodically, the German discourse on immigration is marked by the resurgence of a distinctly German notion – the idea of a ‘guiding culture’ (Leitkultur), supposed to connote an essence of Germanness that needs to...

German Army rocked by right-wing extremism revelations

To what extent is the German Army – the Bundeswehr – a home for far-right sentiments? This disconcerting question has dominated the German political debate since last week’s arrest of Franco A. Apparently motivated...

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1. http://www.sueddeutsche.de/muenchen/einwohnerprognosen-warum-das-bevoelkerungswachstum-in-muenchen-probleme-macht-1.2984306