By Esra Özyürek
Every 12 months an increasing number of Europeans, together with Germans, are embracing Islam. it really is envisioned that there at the moment are as much as 100000 German converts—a quantity just like that during France and the uk. What sticks out approximately fresh conversions is they ensue at a time while Islam is more and more visible as opposite to eu values. Being German, changing into Muslim explores how Germans come to Islam inside of this hostile weather, how they be capable of stability their love for Islam with their society's worry of it, how they relate to immigrant Muslims, and the way they form debates approximately race, faith, and belonging in today’s Europe.
Esra Özyürek appears to be like at how mainstream society marginalizes converts and questions their nationwide loyalties. In flip, converts attempt to disassociate themselves from migrants of Muslim-majority nations and advertise a denationalized Islam untainted by way of Turkish or Arab traditions. a few German Muslims think that after cleansed of those accretions, the Islam that surfaces suits in good with German values and way of life. Others even argue that being a German Muslim is fully appropriate with the older values of the German Enlightenment.
Being German, changing into Muslim offers a clean window into the connections and tensions stemming from a becoming spiritual phenomenon in Germany and beyond.
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