Download e-book for iPad: After Integration: Islam, Conviviality and Contentious by Marian Burchardt, Ines Michalowski

By Marian Burchardt, Ines Michalowski

The integration of Muslims into eu societies is frequently obvious as a massive problem that's but to be faced. This booklet, against this, begins from the statement that on criminal, political and organizational degrees integration has already taken position. It showcases the range of theoretical methods that students have constructed to conceptualize Muslim lifestyles in Europe, and offers distinct empirical research of ten eu international locations. Demonstrating how Muslim lifestyles unfolds among conviviality and contentious politics, the participants describe demographic advancements, study felony controversies, and discover the motion of presidency and nation, Muslim groups and different civil society actors. riding forces in the back of the combination of Islam are mentioned intimately and in comparison throughout countries.

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Whether consciously or unconsciously, Muslim cultural subjects conceal their true motives. This is what leads them to resort to salami tactics. The accusation of ‘salami tactics’ is heard wherever conflicts explode over Islamic symbols. The phrase ‘salami tactics’ is often uttered with a bit of a grin, but if we remind ourselves of the historical context, the inherent moral connotations become clear. They refer indirectly to the sociology of hospitality. Using salami tactics means proceeding in small steps that in themselves suggest nothing of any underlying strategy concept to an innocent eye, and indeed may in fact conceal the existence of such a plan.

All these give succour and nourishment to a phenomenon that seemed to have withered away. In 2007 Manfred Pohl, the former in-house historian of Deutsche Bank, published a book entitled—absolutely without irony—‘Das Ende des weißen Mannes’ (The End of the White Man). Reviving the Kulturkreis ideas, Pohl rails against the supposedly imminent ascendancy of non-whites and the modern woman. Such debates—which Pohl himself promotes as president of the influential neo-conservative think tank ‘Konvent für Deutschland’—are changing the way immigrants and ethnic minorities are seen here.

The role of the erstwhile interpreters is withering away as immigrants increasingly show one another the ropes and find their way around the prevailing house rules (and their deficits). Pioneers and late-comers are now in permanent exchange. Another factor is that migrants navigating the jungles of bureaucracy and the maze of the welfare state increasingly rely on the services of their German-educated offspring. The erstwhile ushers are becoming increasingly powerless, as the life worldsedimented situation3 of hospitality—and its transmission belt, the interpreter— 3 The concept of life-world sedimentation follows Alfred Schütz’s sociology on the structures of life worlds.

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