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Being German, Becoming Muslim: Race, Religion, and Conversion in the New Europe

Being German, Becoming Muslim:
Race, Religion, and Conversion in the New Europe

Esra Özyürek

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Every year more and more Europeans, including Germans, are embracing Islam. It is estimated that there are now up to one hundred thousand German converts—a number similar to that in France and the United Kingdom. What stands out about recent conversions is that they take place at a time when Islam is increasingly seen as contrary to European values. Being German, Becoming Muslim explores how Germans come to Islam within this antagonistic climate, how they manage to balance their love for Islam with their society’s fear of it, how they relate to immigrant Muslims, and how they shape debates about race, religion, and belonging in today’s Europe.

Esra Özyürek looks at how mainstream society marginalizes converts and questions their national loyalties. In turn, converts try to disassociate themselves from migrants of Muslim-majority countries and promote a denationalized Islam untainted by Turkish or Arab traditions. Some German Muslims believe that once cleansed of these accretions, the Islam that surfaces fits in well with German values and lifestyle. Others even argue that being a German Muslim is wholly compatible with the older values of the German Enlightenment.

Being German, Becoming Muslim provides a fresh window into the connections and tensions stemming from a growing religious phenomenon in Germany and beyond.

Esra Özyürek is an associate professor at the European Institute of the London School of Economics. She is the author of Nostalgia for the Modern: State Secularism and Everyday Politics in Turkey.

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Publié par le octobre 5, 2014 dans News

 

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STATES, SOCIETIES AND RECONCILIATION: Turkish-Armenian Relations in the Light of the French-German Experience

STATES, SOCIETIES AND RECONCILIATION:
Turkish-Armenian Relations in the Light of the French-German Experience on the 50th Anniversary of the Elysée Treaty

Sehir University
Istanbul 7-8 November 2013

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International Conference titled, “STATES, SOCIETIES AND RECONCILIATION: Turkish-Armenian Relations in the Light of the French-German Experience on the 50th Anniversary of the Elysée Treaty” is organized by İstanbul Şehir University Department of Sociology, Department of Turkish Language and Literature and Center for Modern Turkish Studies under the auspices of Delegation of the European Union to Turkey. Conference will be held at Conference Hall of İstanbul Şehir University Altunizade East Campus on November 7th and 8th, 2013.

It is not difficult to determine that the tensions, which arise among states in the name of “national interests,” even if they cannot be identified by “national interests” directly, have an alienating effect on the nations under question. We know that hostilities between nations may come to an end, thanks to the 50th anniversary of the Elysée Treaty signed between France and Germany and the following cooperation between the two states which deepened the idea of unity in Europe. However, no matter how the agreements signed between the states create important outcomes for the amelioration of relations among societies, what really matters is establishing communication and relations between societies, facing the basis of hate, fear and doubt, and forming a new common memory focusing on reconciliation. Thus, from this point of view, this symposium aims to discuss the relations between Turkey and Armenia, mostly focusing on the increasing relations between the two societies over the last couple years, considering the historical, political, and social processes between Germany and France.

Note: Conference will be conducted in Turkish, English and French and Simultaneous translation will be provided.
The conference is free and open to the public. No pre-registration is required.

CONFERENCE PROGRAM

07 November 2013, Thursday
13.00-13.30 Registration
13.30-14.15 Opening Speeches
Ferhat Kentel, İstanbul Şehir University
Ronald G. Suny, University of Michigan

14.15 – 14.30 Coffee Break

14.30 – 15.30  I. Session: The Elysée Treaty:  A Consequence or Starting Point of the Franco-German Relationship?
Chair: Emirhan GÖRAL, EU Institute of Marmara University
Panelists:
Ulrich PFEIL, Université de Lorraine, Metz
From the French Occupation in Germany to the « Treaty of Friendship”: The Ways to the Franco-German Rapprochement
Matthias WAECHTER, Institut Européen des Hautes Etudes Internationales, Nice
The Elysée Treaty and Its Impact on Social Cooperation: Franco-German Youth Office (FGYO), Societal Laboratory of Franco-German and European Cooperation

15.30 – 16.00 Coffee Break

16.00 – 17.30 II. Session: Turkish Armenian Rapprochement
Chair: Muzaffer ŞENEL, İstanbul Şehir University
Tatul HAKOBYAN, Civilitas Foundation
Turkish-Armenian Relations and Caucasian Conflicts
François NAUCODIE, Delegation of the European Union to Turkey
The European Dimension in the Efforts of the Turkish-Armenian Reconciliation
Rober KOPTAŞ, AGOS Newspaper
The Current State of the Turkish-Armenian Relations and the Role of the Civil Society
Osman KAVALA, Anadolu Kültür
Turkish Armenian Rapprochement: Social and Cultural Dimension

08 November 2013, Friday
09.30 – 10.00 Registration
10.00 – 12.00 III. Session: Nationalism, Identity and Culture
Chair: Abdülhamit KIRMIZI, İstanbul Şehir University
Panelists:
Jürgen RITTE, Institut d’Allemand d’Asnières at the Université de la Sorbonne Nouvelle – Paris III
Our Dearest Enemies-Construction and (Re) Construction of National Identity
Samim AKGÖNÜL, Strasbourg University
Between Natio and Ethnos : The Influence of French and German Approach in the Turkish Nation Building Process

Mehmet Fatih USLU, İstanbul Şehir University
Reading Armenian Literature in Turkey
Sona MNACAKANYAN, Yerevan State University
The Representation of Turks in the Modern Armenian Literature
Discussant: Günay Göksu ÖZDOĞAN, Marmara University

12.00 – 13.30 Lunch

13.30 – 15.00 IV. Session: Crisis and Reconciliation: Actors, Memory and Identity
Chair: Füsun Üstel, Galatasaray University
Panelists:
Corine DEFRANCE, Université de Paris I Panthéon-Sorbonne
Historians and the Franco-German Cooperation: The Manuel Franco-German History and the Franco-German History Collection
Vahram DANIELYAN, Yerevan University
Kars as a Literary Space: City and Society in Armenian and Turkish Novels
Mesut TUFAN, The Institute for Historical Justice and Reconciliation
Between Memory and Amnesia, The Phantom Cities of Kars, Gyumri and Ani

15.00 – 15.30 Tea & Coffee Break

15.30 – 17.00 V. Session: The Role of Civil Society in Turkish-Armenian Rapprochement
Chair: Nurullah ARDIÇ, İstanbul Şehir University
Panelists:
Vazgen KARAPETYAN, Eurasia Partnership Foundation
Civil Society Engagement in Armenia-Turkey Relations:  Lessons Learned

Emel KURMA, Helsinki Citizens Assembly
Can We Talk About Reconciliation?
Egemen AKTAN, Özyeğin University, Graduate Student in the Business Department, Head of the International Relations Committee of the Higher Education Council of Turkey Student
Elif ŞAHİN, Yeditepe University, Political Science And International Relations (French)
The Experience of Turkish-Armenian Student Initiative

Closing Session

 
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Publié par le novembre 5, 2013 dans Manifestations scientifiques

 

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Localizing Islam in Europe

Localizing Islam in Europe
Turkish Islamic Communities in Germany and the Netherlands

Ahmet Yükleyen

In the twentieth century, Muslim minorities emerged in Europe seeking work, a refuge from conflict, and higher life standards. As a result, there are now more than 12 million Muslims in Western Europe. As these immigrants became permanent residents, the Islamic communities they developed had to respond to their European context, reinterpreting Islam in accordance with local conditions. In Localizing Islam in Europe, Yükleyen brings this adaptation to light, demonstrating how Islam and Europe have shaped one another and challenging the idea that Islamic beliefs are inherently antithetical to European secular, democratic, and pluralist values.

 

Yûkleyen compares five different forms of religious communities among Muslim immigrants in the Netherlands and Germany that represent a spectrum from moderate to revolutionary Islamic opinions. Drawing on extensive fieldwork, he finds that, despite differences in goals and beliefs, these communities play an intermediary role, negotiating between the social and religious needs of Muslims and the socioeconomic, legal, and political context of Europe. Yûkleyen’s rich ethnography shows that there is no single form of assimilated and privatized « European Islam » but rather Islamic communities and their interpretations and practices that localize Islam in Europe.

 
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Publié par le février 23, 2012 dans Nouvelles Publications

 

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Islams and Muslim !

Islam and Muslims in Germany

Edited by Ala Al-Hamarneh and Jörn Thielmann

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In the European discourse of post 9/11 reality, concepts such as “Multiculturalism”, “Integration” and “European Islam” are becoming more and more topical. The empirically- based contributions in this volume aim to reflect the variety of current Muslim social practices and life-worlds in Germany. The volume goes beyond the fragmented methods of minority case studies and the monolithic view of Muslims as portrayed by mass media to present fresh theoretical approaches and in-depth analyses of a rich mosaic of communities, cultures and social practices. Issues of politics, religion, society, economics, media, art, literature, law and gender are addressed. The result is a vibrant state-of-the-art publication of studies of real-life communities and individuals.
 
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Publié par le octobre 11, 2009 dans Nouvelles Publications

 

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Call for Papers

GERMANY AND TURKEY IN INTERACTION

HISTORICAL & CROSSCULTURAL PERSPECTIVES ON RELIGIOUS IDENTITIES AND INSTITUTIONS

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A Conference jointly organized by Goethe Institute and YTU, Center for Global Studies

10-12 September 2009, Yildiz Technical University, İstanbul, Turkey

 

We are pleased to announce the jointly organized Conference of Yildiz Technical University, Center for Global Studies and Goethe Institute, titled  Germany and Turkey in Interaction: Historical and Crosscultural Perspectives on Religious Identities and Institutions.

 

The conference aims to identify the mutual influences between the two countries specifically in the area of discourses regarding the place of religion in the national identity and imagery, and the tensions between the institutions that regulate religious life and those that regulate secular citizenship.

 

The first part of the Conference will aim to develop a historical perspective in mapping out the role of religion in the contested process of state and nation building in both Turkey and Germany. The second part will focus on the contemporary institutional structures and processes that create, regulate, differentiate, and repress religious identities.

Although the conference has a comparative framework, individual papers should not necessarily strive to include a discussion of both countries, as long as the paper addresses one of the conference themes. 

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