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The Global BourgeoisieThe Rise of the Middle Classes in the Age of Empire$
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David Motadel, Christof Dejung, and Jürgen Osterhammel

Print publication date: 2019

Print ISBN-13: 9780691177342

Published to Princeton Scholarship Online: May 2020

DOI: 10.23943/princeton/9780691177342.001.0001

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Worlds of a Muslim Bourgeoisie

Worlds of a Muslim Bourgeoisie

The Sociocultural Milieu of the Islamic Minority In Interwar Germany

(p.229) 11 Worlds of a Muslim Bourgeoisie
The Global Bourgeoisie

David Motadel

Princeton University Press

This chapter explores the bourgeois world of an exile group. Looking at the sociocultural milieu of the Muslim minority in interwar Berlin, the chapter shows that they combined Islamic and bourgeois lifestyles and values into a hybrid form of Islamic bourgeois culture. The majority of the Muslim community in Berlin was financially independent and highly educated. Most of them came from the upper middle classes of their home countries. In the diaspora situation, they could base their community on two bonds—class and religion. The sociocultural background of the Muslims in Berlin, their lifestyles, and the nature of their associations meant that they came into contact with educated middle-class Germans, particularly academics, students, diplomats, and businessmen, and to some extent were able to connect with bourgeois segments of the majority society.

Keywords:   exile group, Muslim bourgeoisie, Muslim minority, interwar Berlin, Germany, Islamic bourgeois culture, diaspora

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