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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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Being Muslim as a Way of Becoming German

Being Muslim as a Way of Becoming German

(p.87) Chapter 4 Being Muslim as a Way of Becoming German
Being German, Becoming Muslim

Esra Özyürek

Princeton University Press

This chapter takes a look at the Muslimische Jugend Deutschland (Muslim Youth of Germany, or MJD), a small organization of not more than 1200 registered members. The MJD promotes Muslim youths of diverse backgrounds coming together to discover ways of becoming active and desirable members of German society. Young members of the MJD participate in discussions about how to represent Muslims and immigrants in the general elections; arrange trips to Auschwitz in order to shoulder the weight of German history and talk about its meaning for contemporary German society; and organize New Year's evening celebrations along with hip-hop concerts that are Islamically proper. Many born Muslim members confirm that through their participation in the MJD, they start to embrace their German identity in a wholehearted way and define themselves primarily as German rather than Turkish or Arab.

Keywords:   Muslimische Jugend Deutschland, Muslim Youth of Germany, MJD, Muslim youths, German identity, German society

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