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Muslim Political Participation in Europe$
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Jorgen S. Nielsen

Print publication date: 2013

Print ISBN-13: 9780748646944

Published to Edinburgh Scholarship Online: September 2013

DOI: 10.3366/edinburgh/9780748646944.001.0001

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Muslim Political Participation in Germany: a Structurationist Approach

Muslim Political Participation in Germany: a Structurationist Approach

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(p.34) Chapter 3 Muslim Political Participation in Germany: a Structurationist Approach
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Muslim Political Participation in Europe
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Maike Didero

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Edinburgh University Press
DOI:10.3366/edinburgh/9780748646944.003.0003

This chapter looks into the case of the first local voter association founded in Germany by exclusively Muslim members, many of whom were foreign-born. Drawing on Giddens and Bourdieu, the chapter employs a stucturationist perspective to explain the enabling and constraining factors for the foundation and the immediate success of this party in the local council elections in 2009. Looking at the historical development of the legal conditions for the political participation of immigrants in Germany on the one hand and the public discourse on Islam and Muslims on the other hand will help to explain why the creation of this party – whose member insist on it’s non-Muslim nature – seems a paradox to many German citizens and was thus heavily opposed.

Keywords:   Bourdieu, Giddens, Voters’ association, local government, discourse, Muslims

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