Islam and Muslims in Germany

In the European discourse post-9/11, concepts such as “Multiculturalism”, “Integration”, and “European Islam” are becoming more and more topical. The empirically- based contributions in this volume aim to reflect the variety of current Muslim social practices and life-worlds in Germany. The volume goes beyond the fragmented methods of minority case studies and the monolithic view of Muslims as portrayed by mass media to present fresh theoretical approaches and in-depth analyses of a rich mosaic of communities, cultures and social practices. Issues of politics, religion, society, economics, media, art, literature, law and gender are addressed. The result is a vibrant state-of-the-art collection of studies that explore real-life communities and individuals.

Choice Magazine Outstanding Academic Title Award Winner, December 2008.

“Readable and authoritative chapters on prayer leaders, the legal status of Islamic contracts, the growing importance of identity politics since the 1980s, gender issues, South Asian Muslims, pop music, language and
educational issues, Muslims as consumers, and how Muslims are portrayed in the German media make this book a must for anyone interested in the changing face of Islam in Germany today.” D.F. Eickelman,CH

About the author(s)

Ala Al-Hamarneh, Ph.D. in human geography (1994), is assistant professor in human geography and a researcher in the Center for Research on the Arab World at the University of Mainz. Issues of migration, poverty, globalization of services and cinematic geo-hermeneutics are in the centre of his academic research.

Jörn Thielmann, Ph.D. (2001) in Islamic Studies, Ruhr-University Bochum, is Managing Director of the Kompetenzzentrum Orient-Okzident Mainz KOOM at the University of Mainz.

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