2016Zeitschriftenartikel DOI: 10.18452/22484
The Paradox of Equal Belonging of Muslims
Kultur-, Sozial- und Bildungswissenschaftliche Fakultät
The goal of this article is to demonstrate the paradox of equal belonging of Muslims. Adapting Axel Honneth and Ferdinand Sutterlüty’s model of normative paradox, we show how the ongoing process of social integration of Muslims produces reverse effects of disrespect. The refusal to grant fundamental rights to minorities calls into question not only the recently created image of Germany as a new nation of immigrants, but also constitutional principles of the democratic state. While German legislation clearly protects the rights of minorities, when it comes to the attitudes of the population in Germany toward Muslims as the biggest religious minority in the country, there is a reservoir of antidemocratic attitudes that must be taken into account. This article presents the first results of a representative telephone survey conducted among German citizens, with more than 8,000 respondents.
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