The Islamic Umbrella Organizations
In Germany, individual Islamic umbrella organizations continue to claim to speak for all Muslims in the country, although statistically they only represent a maximum of 20 percent of them. Whether it is Ditib, the self-proclaimed Central Council of Muslims or the Islamic Council, they all sell themselves to the public as moderate organizations and yet, according to various experts and state offices, some of them have links to organizations such as the Islamist AKP, the Millî Görüş movement, the Grey Wolves spectrum or the regime in Iran.
Who or what are the actors who are regarded as contact persons by the federal and state governments and who, at the same time, propagate an understanding of Islam in influential parts of their communities that conveys reactionary as well as political content and sometimes comes into friction with human rights?
Kurt Schmalle is a blogger from the Ruhr area who works full-time as a state-approved educator with young adults, especially with Muslims and refugees. He has also been privately involved in the field of integration for years, cooperates with liberal Muslims and gives lectures throughout Germany on the topics of Islamism and Turkish nationalism.
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