Tag archive for Islam

We can’t explain terror without religion | Tagesspiegel

We can’t explain terror without religion | Tagesspiegel

EFD Programme Director Ahmad Mansour, in a guest contribution for Tagesspiegel, criticises the German Muslim Associations for diminishing the role of religion in extremism. Mansour argues that we must indeed look at the content of certain understandings of Islam, such as literalism or the tabooing of sexuality, which oftentimes act as catalysts for violence.

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We are not your toys | taz

We are not your toys | taz

In this guest contribution in taz, Ahmad Mansour addresses the obstacles to an open debate about Islam and to a constructive exchange with liberal Muslims living in Germany.

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“We need a German Islam” | Deutsche Welle

“We need a German Islam” | Deutsche Welle

Ahmad Mansour is interviewed by Deutsche Welle about the recent demand raised by the leader of the German Christian Democratic Union party, Volker Kauder, on government control over local mosques. Instead of a general surveillance system, we need a European Islam that universally supports human rights, says Mansour. This is not the responsibility of the German politicians, argues Mansour, it must come from within the Muslim community.

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Former Islamist advocates for democracy | Weser Kurier

Former Islamist advocates for democracy | Weser Kurier

Ahmad Mansour is interviewed by Weser Kurier about his commitment to democracy at the Carl-von-Ossietzky award ceremony. He comments on the hostilities he experienced from within the Muslim community following the publication of his book Generation Allah and why he continues to make an effort to fight for what he believes in, despite animosity and threats. „Only if democracy is steadily fought for, can it be preserved.”

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Preventing radicalisation: Silent vigils alone won’t help | Kurier

Preventing radicalisation: Silent vigils alone won’t help | Kurier

Ahmad Mansour is interviewed for an article in Austrian Kurier to discuss the necessity for Islamic associations to do more than issue press releases and conduct silent vigils for the victims after attacks. He argues that as long as they’re not making an effort to take action concerning an inner-Islamic debate, they are part of the problem, rather than the solution.

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AZ-panel discussion: Does Islam belong to Germany? | Abendzeitung München

AZ-panel discussion: Does Islam belong to Germany? | Abendzeitung München

Abendzeitung München reports on a panel discussion in which EFD Ahmad Mansour discussed various aspects of Islamic belief with regards to German society. The other guests were author Necla Kelek, imam Benjamin Idriz and talk show host Michel Friedman.

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Islamists are racists! | EMMA

Islamists are racists! | EMMA

In this interview with EMMA Ahmad Mansour talks about the segregation of the sexes in certain understandings of Islam and why it is racist to label Islamism as a peripheral matter while recognising right-wing extremism as a problem within mainstream society.

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Many points addressed, but very few questions answered | Facetten magazine Neukölln

Many points addressed, but very few questions answered | Facetten magazine Neukölln

Facetten magazine reports on a panel discussion with Ahmad Mansour which took place at a church in Berlin’s Neukölln district under the title “Islam — between youth culture, religion and politics.” Among the guest speakers were Islamism expert Claudia Dantschke, local Imam Ender Cetin and Member of the Bundestag Erol Özkaraca (SPD).

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I want to see a reformation of Islam | Basler Zeitung, Switzerland

I want to see a reformation of Islam | Basler Zeitung, Switzerland

Ahmad Mansour is interviewed in Switzerland’s Basler Zeitung where he calls for urgent reform in Islam.

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