Between Enlightened Exclusion and Conscientious Inclusion: Tolerating the Muslims in Germany


ŞAHİN B. , ALTUNTAŞ N.

JOURNAL OF MUSLIM MINORITY AFFAIRS, cilt.29, sa.1, ss.27-41, 2009 (ESCI İndekslerine Giren Dergi) identifier

  • Yayın Türü: Makale / Tam Makale
  • Cilt numarası: 29 Konu: 1
  • Basım Tarihi: 2009
  • Doi Numarası: 10.1080/13602000902726749
  • Dergi Adı: JOURNAL OF MUSLIM MINORITY AFFAIRS
  • Sayfa Sayıları: ss.27-41

Özet

The purpose of this article is to explore the nature of tolerance that is exhibited towards Muslims in Germany today. It is possible to make a two-fold distinction in liberal tolerance between exclusive and inclusive modes. While, a theory of toleration that recommends toleration on the basis of "autonomy" would qualify as an exclusive one, a theory that recommends extending toleration on the basis of "freedom of conscience" would be an inclusive one. We argue that it is the autonomy-based toleration that is dominant in contemporary Germany. We display the nature of exclusive tolerance in Germany by focusing on the discussion of public policies that are targeting Muslims and the experience of Muslim women in Germany. The public policies that we focus on are concerned with the citizenship/naturalization, and immigration laws. The experience of Muslim women is uncovered through a field research based on semi-structured in-depth interviews.