D:Islam: “German Islam” as Alternative to Islamism? Responses to Islamist Threats in Muslim Associations, Communities and Living Environments


Research on Islamism in Germany is centred around attitude surveys, security and communication aspects, as well as psychological and theological issues and international relations. From a sociologial perspective, the impact of Islamism on Muslim communities is not sufficiently researched. At this point we can see a research gap that needs to be closed. Islamists build up pressure on Muslim communities by using various strategies, for example by accusing the mosques associations in the diaspora of having lost access to the "true Islam" or by aggressively recruiting young people in associations and schools or, for example, by bringing missionary material and handing it out free of charge – in order to manipulate and recruit community members. The strategies on how Muslim organisations, (mosque) associations and individual Muslim initiatives and individuals deal with the phenomenon of Islamism does vary. Awareness-raising actions and coachings for community members are just as much a part of it as attempts to expel the Islamists from the community or to integrate them into the community structures in order to neutralise their influence. In some cases, external help is also sought – which gives opportunities for new structures of prevention, such as counselling telephones, deradicalisation trainings, self-help or opt-out groups.
Research on Islamism in Germany is centred around attitude surveys, security and communication aspects, as well as psychological and theological issues and international relations. From a sociologial perspective, the impact of Islamism on Muslim communities is not sufficiently researched. At this point we can see a research gap that needs to be closed. Islamists build up pressure on Muslim communities by using various strategies, for example by accusing the mosques associations in the diaspora of having lost access to the "true Islam" or by aggressively recruiting young people in associations and schools or, for example, by bringing missionary material and handing it out free of charge – in order to manipulate and recruit community members. The strategies on how Muslim organisations, (mosque) associations and individual Muslim initiatives and individuals deal with the phenomenon of Islamism does vary. Awareness-raising actions and coachings for community members are just as much a part of it as attempts to expel the Islamists from the community or to integrate them into the community structures in order to neutralise their influence. In some cases, external help is also sought – which gives opportunities for new structures of prevention, such as counselling telephones, deradicalisation trainings, self-help or opt-out groups.


Principal Investigators
Foroutan Mahin, Naika Prof. Dr. (Details) (Director / Secretary)

Duration of Project
Start date: 09/2020
End date: 08/2023

Research Areas
Social Sciences

Research Areas
Islamismus, Migration und Integration

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