Dossier: Islamophobia

Narendra Modi (photo: Reuters)

Narendra Modi and the Indian Muslims

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Divisive figure could become India's next PM

Narendra Modi was chief minister in the Indian state of Gujarat when anti-Muslim pogroms took place there 12 years ago. Today, he is the Hindu nationalist BJP party's candidate for the post of prime minister. Will this exacerbate India's inter-religious tensions? By Ulrich von SchwerinMore

The Islam Conference in Berlin on 7 May 2013 (photo: dpa/picture-alliance)

Changing the orientation of Germany's Islam Conference

New agenda, same old faces

Since the row that erupted at last year's Islam Conference, dialogue between the German state and its Muslim residents has faltered. Now, the new interior minister, Thomas de Maizière, wants to get things moving again by changing the forum's orientation. But what can the German Islam Conference realistically hope to achieve in the future? By Ulrike HummelMore

Anti-Sarrazin demonstration in Potsdam in September 2010 (photo: imago/Christian Thiel)

Book review: Klaus J. Bade on Thilo Sarrazin

Forget Sarrazin!

In 2010, the German politician and former member of the board of the Bundesbank Thilo Sarrazin, caused a nationwide uproar with his hugely controversial theories on intelligence, class, race, immigration and multiculturalism. The prominent migration specialist Klaus J. Bade has now written a book on the ensuing debate. According to Andreas Pflitsch, Bade's analysis is thorough, but he completely misses the essence of the matterMore

Detlef Pollack (photo: Brigitte Heeke)

Interview with the sociologist of religion Detlef Pollack

"Germans are much less tolerant"

The Archbishop of Cologne recently drew distinctions between the value of Christian and Muslim families in Germany. For Detlef Pollack, this is not an expression of Islamophobia, but an example of German reservations. Stefan Dege spoke to the sociologist of religionMore

Rassistische Wandschmierereien auf der Fassade der Großen Moschee von Saint Etienne bei Lyon; Foto: picture-alliance/abaca

Islamophobia and Racism in France

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Shocking Indifference

Attacks on Muslim establishments are on the increase in France. Most recently, the Grand Mosquée in Paris was daubed with racist slogans. Islamophobia and xenophobia are also featuring more prominently in the public discourse. Bernhard Schmid reportsMore

Cupola of the East London Mosque (photo: Joanna Impey)

Muslims in Britain

Seeking to Combat Extremism

The brutal killing of Lee Rigby in London in May by two Muslim converts was widely condemned by Muslim religious leaders, but still led to a rise in threats made against Muslims and mosques. Many Muslims in Britain, however, work to try and counter extremism. Joanna Impey reportsMore

Junge Frauen auf der Deutschen Islam-Konferenz in Berlin 2013; Foto: picture-alliances/dpa

Muslims in Germany

Nice and Mild Sharia

Muslims should engage and transform this society. This would require them, however, to overcome the fear of being liked by some. Or is the only good Muslim a rejected Muslim? An essay by Charlotte WiedemannMore

Participants of the World Muslimah 2013 beauty pageant pose for photographs during a training session in Subang, West Java, Indonesia, 12 September 2013 (photo: dpa)

Muslims in Liberal Democracies

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Why the West Fears Islam

Harvard professor and Islam expert Jocelyne Cesari looks into the mechanisms of the West's fear of Islam, and ponders on how the dominant narrative that tends to present Islam as an alien religion can be counteredMore

The largest  mosque in the US is situated in Dearborn, Michigan (photo: dpa)

Muslims in America

New Wave of Anti-Islamic Sentiment

Since the attack on the Boston Marathon on 15 April 2013, anti-Islamic sentiment has been on the rise in the United States. Joseph Mayton takes a look at the causes and the consequences of this developmentMore

Men during prayor time at the Eyüp Sultan Camii in Hamburg, Germany (photo: picture-alliance/dpa)

Islamophobia

Evidence Does Not Support Fears of Islam in the West

Why has a dichotomy persisted between Muslim and Western societies despite the bulk of academic research dispelling any notion of incompatibility? Director of the Islam in the West program at Harvard University Jocelyne Cesari explainsMore

German tank in the desert during Nazi Germany's Africa Campaign (photo: Bundeswehr Archive)

German Wehrmacht Document on Islam

Ideological Vacuum

If it were not for the fact that the author of a code of conduct for Wehrmacht officers in Muslim countries – the army doctor Ernst Rodenwaldt – was a proven Nazi sympathiser, those in today's anti-Islamic milieu would most certainly hold him for a Muslim sympathizer. Stefan Weidner on an unusual historical manuscriptMore

An array of Turkish print media (photo: Thomas Seibert/DW)

Turkey's Media and the NSU Trial in Germany

Comparisons with the Situation at Home

Turkish media closely watched the opening of the NSU trial in Munich on Monday. Newspapers describe the feelings of the victims' families and the main defendant's attitude in court. Thomas Seibert reports from IstanbulMore

Demonstrators hold pictures of the victims of the NSU terror in front of the courthouse (photo: Reuters/Kai Pfaffenbach)

NSU Trial in Munich

A Thoroughgoing Investigation and Justice

A trial under strict security precautions has begun that will deal with the crime wave committed by the neo-Nazi terrorist group "National Socialist Underground". The families of the victims are hoping that the accused, Beate Zschäpe, will finally break her silence and take a stand on the charges. Details by Claudia MendeMore

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Germany's First Muslim Car Sharing Service

''We Are Protecting Marriages''

Selim Reid set up Germany's first Muslim car sharing service to spare his mother disparaging remarks and to reduce the number of extra-marital affairs. Cigdem Akyol spoke to the entrepreneur about his concept and his motivationMore

Sheila Mysorekar (photo: private copyright)

NSU Trial against Right-wing Terrorism in Germany

Building up New Trust

The trial of an alleged member of the neo-Nazi terrorist group NSU at a regional court in Munich is not just any trial. It will provide a signal for the ethnic minorities in Germany, says Sheila Mysorekar, as to whether they feel they will have a secure future in the countryMore

Gamze Kubasik on 8 March 2013 in her appartment in Dortmund, Germany (photo: DW/Andrea Grunau)

Turkish Victims of the NSU Murders in Germany

A Daughter Demands Justice

Her father, Mehmet Kubasik, became eighth victim of the so-called NSU murders on April 4, 2006. In the lead-up to the neo-Nazi murder trials, daughter Gamze Kubasik discusses the terror of the past and her current hopes. Andrea Grunau reportsMore

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