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Being German, Becoming MuslimRace, Religion, and Conversion in the New Europe$
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Esra Özyürek

Print publication date: 2014

Print ISBN-13: 9780691162782

Published to Princeton Scholarship Online: October 2017

DOI: 10.23943/princeton/9780691162782.001.0001

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Establishing Distance from Immigrant Muslims

Establishing Distance from Immigrant Muslims

(p.51) Chapter 2 Establishing Distance from Immigrant Muslims
Being German, Becoming Muslim

Esra Özyürek

Princeton University Press

This chapter looks at how converted German Muslims seek to practice a so-called true Islam stripped of cultural accretions. In its indigenous German Muslim context, an Islam free of culture means an Islam that has been purged of its often-stigmatized Arab and Turkish cultural practices. Once rectified like this, the reasoning goes, Islam will be more in line not only with its original spirit but also with European ideals of democracy, freedom, and tolerance. In that way, a purified Islam, in the German context, becomes an effort to connect German converts to their parents rather than differentiate them. This process sets apart immigrant Muslims, who are delineated by their traditional and hence by definition “wrong” Islamic practices.

Keywords:   purified Islam, immigrant Muslims, Arab culture, Turkish culture, European ideals, national traditions, ethnic traditions, German Muslims

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