Journal Contributions

Undiscovered dichotomies in Ismail Bey Gaspıralı’s writings

A peer-reviewed Article by Hüseyin I. Çiçek, published by the Gesellschaft zur Förderung wissenschaftlicher Forschung und Publikation (January 2017)

Ismail Bey Gaspıralı belongs to the founding fathers of Turkish nationalism. His writings are very famous in Turkey and published in different editions in recent years. Ismail Bey is honored as a cosmopolitan, for international understanding or as a bridge builder and above all as a leading example for many Turkish-nationalist intellectuals. Hüseyin I. Çiçek’s article aims at taking a critical approach to Ismail Bey’s writings and working out dichotomies in his reasoning using Turkish Gaspıralı sources.

Check the Human Behaviour – Islam and German Law

Contribution by Mathias Rohe in: “Forschung & Lehre”, Vol. 23 (November 2016)

In the debate about legal thoughts in Islam and if they contradict the Western understanding of democracy and liberty, legal mechanisms are often misjudged, but also the variety of Islamic-normative attitudes. To put a religion under general suspicion is incorrect and harmful.

ADR und “Paralleljustiz”

Contribution by Mathias Rohe, Politische Studien, Vol. 67, Hanns Seidel Stiftung, p. 24-32 (September 2016)

Is the German constitutional state undermined by “Parallel Justice”? Are there any Sharia-courts which implement Islamic-oriental legal norms against the order of the constitution? The contribution aims at clarifying the facts. Mathias Rohe works out the real causes of “parallel justice” and describes possibilities how the constitutional protection can be efficiently guaranteed for the entire population and in what circumstances extrajudicial settlement of disputes should be used constructively.

Security through Integration: Austria 2016

Publication by Alexander Schahbasi, in: Sicherheitspolitische Jahresvorschau 2016, Direktion für Sicherheitspolitik, Österreichisches Bundesheer, p. 367-369 (2015)

Although there is a trend towards growing potential for conflict, regarding social tensions, situations affecting public safety cannot be predicted. Middle-term, it is important that extensive and nationwide integration measures takes place to realize potentials…

Finding a Place for Islam in Germany: Islamic Organisations under Private and Public Law

Peer-reviewed Article by Riem Spielhaus and Martin Herzog, Journal of Religion in Europe (2015)

While in current debates on Islam in Germany recognition is often reduced to incorporation of Islamic organisations under public law, this article demonstrates that German law provides a variety of legal instruments that allow for public involvement of religious communities incorporated under private law…

Study on the role of Islamic norms in the daily lives of Muslims

Do Islamic commandments play a role when Muslims make decisions on dealing with their property in everyday life? Scientific studies suggest that some Islamic commandments are given more attention than others. EZIRE staff member Stephanie Müssig has found in her systematic review that Muslims follow, in particular, Islamic norms for consumption. Islamic norms dealing with capital goods tend to play a subordinate role in the daily lives of Muslims. In analyzing 20 research papers on the role of Islamic consumption and production commandments in everyday life of Muslims, Stephanie Müssig comes to the following conclusion: Islamic norms that regulate the use of property in relation to consumption influence attitudes and decisions of Muslims in their daily life. This concerns for example the consumption of halal slaughtered meat or the consumption of alcohol, which is forbidden in Islam, but also consumer decisions in general. By contrast, Islamic norms that regulate the use of capital goods are given less significance. Thus, Islamic norms hardly play a role when Muslims make investment decisions or when it comes to their corporate governance. For the systematic review, Stephanie Müssig has searched six major electronic journal databases on Social Sciences and Islamic Studies by research until August 2013 which deal empirically with the importance of Islamic norms regarding consumption and production issues of Muslims in Western Europe. The author was able to identify 20 relevant research papers of which she evaluated the results. The systematic review is published in the “Journal of Muslims in Europe” under the title “Muslims’ Day-to-Day Handling of Property and the Adherence to Islamic Norms. A Systematic Review of Studies for Western Europe” appeared. The study was developed within the ANR-DFG project “Understanding Property in Muslim Transitional Environments (PROMETEE)”.

Treatise on bridal dowry (mahr) from the perspective of different disciplines

EZIRE-employees Ursula Günther, Martin Herzog and Stephanie Müssig focused on the Islamic bridal dowry (mahr) from an Islamic Studies, legal and sociological perspective. The treatise was written within the context of the Franco-German ANR-DFG project “Understanding Property in Muslim Transitional Environments (PROMETEE)”. It is published under the title “Researching Mahr in Germany: A Multidisciplinary Approach” published in the magazine “Review of Middle East Studies”.

In Search of Religious Modernity: Conversion to Islam in interwar Berlin

A contribution by Gerdien Jonker in “Muslims in Interwar Europe” (2015)

The contribution of Gerdien Jonker deals with the activities of Muslim Missionaries in interwar Berlin. The Islamische Gemeinde zu Berlin (IGM; Islamic community of Berlin) as well as the Ahmadiyya Anjuman i Isha’at i-Islam (AAII), which mainly missionized in Germany during that period, are introduced. Further, Jonker describes the biographies of some of the Islamic converts. By portraying the different biographies of both missionaries and converts, Jonker shows the different conceptions of Modernity as they were interpreted by both groups.

A Laboratory of Modernity. The Ahmadiyya Mission in Interwar Europe

Publication by Gerdien Jonker, in: The Journal of Muslims in Europe 3: 1-25 (2014).

In this paper, Jonker retraces the history of the Ahmadiyya mission in inter-war Europe as part of the globalisation narrative. Once they gained a footing, missionaries responded and adapted  to  local  experiments  with  modernity  as  a  means  to  simultaneously  win  over  Europeans  and  to modernise  Islam.  The  article  first  considers  the  mental  map  with  which Ahmadiyya and other Muslim intellectuals approached Europe. It reconstructs the  work  of  the  mission  organisation,  and  illustrates  the  communication  difficulties  between the Lahore centre and the mission post in Berlin. Making use of fresh sources,  Jonker then sketches out the political context in which the missionaries moved about, and traces their perceptions and adaptations of European ideas. In the larger picture of globalisation, the Berlin mission offers a telling example of local religious adaptation, emphasising the important rapport between the newcomers and the local factor.

Justifications of islamist-terrorist violence in reference to al-Qaida’s war messages

Publication by Hüseyin I. Çiçek, in: Innsbrucker Diskussionspapiere zu Politik, Religion und Kunst 48 (September 2014).

In his article, Hüseyin I. Cicek analyses the strategies of legitimation of Islamist-terrorist activities by the group Al-Qaida. He follows the assumption that people do not primarily use violence because they feel the necessity of doing so, but rather because they know of the impact of violence on daily live and want to end it with one last strike of “final violence”. For Islamist terrorists, the connection of individual and community is central here. Terrorists knew that they were using violence against “the west” but legitimized it as a defence of the violence that has been brought upon their (constructed) community throughout times.

The Dynamics of Adaptive Globalisation. Muslim Missionaries in Weimar Berlin

Publication by Gerdien Jonker, in: Entangled Religions 1: 115-158 (2014).

This study scrutinizes a case of adaptive globalisation at the interface of colonized India and post-war colonial Europe. It examines Muslim missionaries who, after World War I, made missionary efforts in Germany. Originating from British India, the missionaries’ determination was firmly rooted in the Indian colonial past. They saw their mission as a further step in the process of adaptive globalisation, that is, the drive to adapt to and to reverse Western domination.
The paper retraces missionary competition in Weimar Berlin, revealing an amalgam of pan-Islamic ideas, political strategies, and reformist religious imagery. These attempts at winning Western converts were a knife that cut both ways: Missionaries approached German ‘moderns’ in their own symbolic language, while the latter steered between the different mission offers and adapted Islam to their own needs.