About me

Foto: Heike Steinweg

Photo: Heike Steinweg

My personal Islam is open to criticism; it doesn’t frighten me and it doesn’t frighten other people.

When he was a young Palestinian growing up in Israel, Ahmad Mansour almost became a radical Islamist. Today he is one of Germany’s leading experts on Islamism and radicalisation.

Also a trained psychologist, Ahmad has lived in Germany for ten years where is involved with a number of projects and initiatives which aim to fight extremism and promote tolerance and democracy. He is Programme Director at the European Foundation for Democracy in Brussels, Chairperson and speaker of Muslimisches Forum Deutschland e.V., as well as Team Leader at the Berlin-based Heroes project and Family Counsellor at Hayat, an organisation which supports friends and relatives who are concerned about radicalisation. He also advises the German police force in matters relating to honour-based oppression.

He also holds training sessions and workshops for police officers, educators and social workers to raise awareness of radicalisation, honour based oppression and anti-Semitism in the Muslim communities — and to discuss prevention approaches.

In recognition of his work to promote tolerance, Ahmad was awarded the Moses Mendelssohn Prize by the Berlin senate in 2014. 2016 he received the Carl-von-Ossietzky Prize and was distinguished as ambassador for democracy and tolerance by Bündnis für Demokratie und Toleranz ­ Gegen Extremismus und Gewalt (BfDT).

Ahmad was born in 1976 close to Kfar-Saba in Israel.

Awards

  • 2012: Rabbi Daniel Alter dedicates his BAMBI prize for integration to Ahmad Mansour and the HEROES project in Berlin.
  • 2013: AJC Ramer Award for Courage in the Defense of Democracy.
  • 2014: Moses-Mendelssohn Prize from the Berlin Senate.
  • 2015: Josef Neuberger Medal from the Jewish Community of Düsseldorf (with Hamed Abdel-Samad).