Episode 07: Muslim Women’s Experiences in Germany and the U.S.
Muslims have lived in Germany in significant numbers for decades; in 1961 the Federal Republic concluded an agreement with Turkey that would ultimately bring nearly a million Turkish workers to Germany by 1973. The relationship of these migrants to broader German society changed—many put down roots, formed families, and have been in Germany for three or four generations. Today, 4 million Muslims live in Germany.
The then-president of Germany, CDU politician Christian Wulff, addressed this reality in 2010, when he reflected on the country’s growing diversity. Yet this broader concept of belonging in German society came under criticism after the migration crisis that peaked in 2015, and after terrorist attacks in Germany and elsewhere in Europe that were connected to Islamic extremism.
What is the state of interfaith dialogue in Germany, how successful has the integration of migrants been, and what challenges remain for Muslims in German society? In this episode of The Zeitgeist, Pinar Cetin, Director of the German Islam Academy, joins AICGS President Jeff Rathke and Senior Fellow Dr. Lily Gardner Feldman to discuss similarities and differences in the role of Muslim women in Germany and the United States.
Jeff Rathke, President, AICGS
Pinar Cetin, Director, German Islam Academy (Deutsche Islam Akademie e.V.), Berlin
Lily Gardner Feldman, Senior Fellow, AICGS
Support for this episode is provided in part by the AICGS Society, Culture & Politics Program.