Contemporary Islam

, Volume 5, Issue 1, pp 59–79 | Cite as

Between Islam and anti-globalization: cultural, political and religious debates in the German Muslim newspaper Islamische Zeitung

  • Petra Y. Kuppinger


This paper examines the Islamische Zeitung (IZ), a newspaper made by German Muslims for German Muslims that informs about political, cultural, and theological topics. I argue that beyond providing information, the paper aims to create a platform of debate for a growing group of, in particular, younger pious educated Muslims who examine current politics by way of an Islamic and also an anti-globalization perspective. Of relevance for this audience are Islamic knowledge, local and global politics, everyday religious concerns and practices, and cultural affairs. I illustrate how by discussing certain topics on its pages, the makers of the IZ support specific issues of debates among some pious individuals, such as for example the participation of pious Muslims (men and women) in the democratic process by way of running in elections. Finally I argue that the IZ seeks to link the German Muslim community to the context of the global ummah and here in particular the globalized ummah as a new community marked by a shared popular culture universe. I illustrate that contrary to the claims of some of its opponents, the IZ is a platform for German Muslim affairs that participates in the broader public sphere as much as it helps to mediate a variety of possibilities for the participation of individuals and communities.


Germany Islam Newspaper Islamische Zeitung Political participation Piety Muslim identities 



Parts of this research were funded by grants from the Wenner Gren Foundation, the Associated Colleges of the Midwest, and a faculty development grant from Monmouth College. Special thanks go to my parents, Helmut and Gudrun Kuppinger for their generous and loving support. My daughters Tamima and Tala are the joy of my life. They have gracefully participated in many aspects of my research. Thanks also to Farhat Haq, Mohsin Masood, Steve and Nancy Buban, Petra Müller, Sevgül Aydoğdu, Serra Arabaçioğlu, Katharina Dedek-Halimi, and Dorothee Stahl.


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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.Department of Sociology/AnthropologyMonmouth CollegeMonmouthUSA

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