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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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Salafism as the Future of European Islam?

Salafism as the Future of European Islam?

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Being German, Becoming Muslim

Esra Özyürek

Princeton University Press

This chapter concentrates on the theological aspects of Salafism that attract non-Muslims in postunification Germany. It argues that certain characteristics of Salafism, particularly its conversionism, literalism, and anticulturalist, antinationalist stance, make it appealing to many Germans of diverse backgrounds. In these respects, it works in quite similar ways to Evangelism and Pentecostalism in fulfilling people spiritually and psychologically—aspects greatly ignored by most scholars of contemporary Islam and especially Salafism. The chapter contends that it is these characteristics of Salafism, which introduces itself as free of human interpretation and independent of national tradition, that works well in the anti-Muslim context of Germany.

Keywords:   Salafism, postunification Germany, European Islam, Salafis, conversionism, literalism, contemporary Islam, national tradition, Salafi Islam

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