Confronting the Current Refugee Crisis: The Importance of Islamic Citizens’ Initiatives in Germany
Countering the widespread idea that Islam has no place in Europe, Mohammed Khallouk analyzes the activities of Islamic associations across Germany during the current refugee crisis in order to argue that Islam promotes the integration into society because it is the medium through which Muslims participate in multi-religious democracies. Although prejudices about refugees and religion exist also among the Muslim minority in Germany, Islam is an indispensable impulse for the engagement with migrants among Muslim citizens. Migration offers opportunities for shared activities which strengthen the democratic identity of Muslims and non-Muslims in Germany. Islam, then, is not a threat to European countries such as Germany, but a path to peaceful cohabitation in a multi-religious world.