Posts tagged ‘integration’

June 7, 2010

Does religion make people violent? A sociologist says yes

WE ALL SUSPECT THERE’S a connection between religiosity and violence, but a German criminologist recently decided to find out once and for all. The results of his survey, entitled Religion, Integration and Delinquency Among Young People in Germany, which he published over the weekend, are likely to pour new gasoline on an already raging controversy.

Professor Christian Pfeiffer, a social psychologist and former justice minister in the regional government in Hanover, is currently serving as the director of the Criminological Research Institute of Lower Saxony. After evaluating a survey on religious attitudes and violent behavior conducted among 45,000 students of both genders (including 10,000 from immigrant backgrounds) between the ages of fourteen and sixteen at German schools, Pfeiffer discovered that the more religious young, male Muslim immigrants are, the less well-integrated and more violent they become. He found that “very religious” Muslim immigrant youths were the most violent, at a rate of 23.5 percent…

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April 27, 2010

“Shut up and govern!” The political education of Aygün Özkan

Aygül Özkan

TURKS ARE KNOWN THE world over for their spicy meat and vegetable dishes. But this week in Germany, a young politician of Turkish extraction called Aygül Özkan is learning to relish a new recipe: crow with sauerkraut and dumplings.

Özkan (38) rocketed to global prominence last week when Lower Saxony’s Christian Democratic minister president Christian Wulff nominated her to become Germany’s first female Muslim government minister (I already wrote about Özkan in this space yesterday). She was to take over the state’s department of social affairs, including the tricky integration desk, where it was hoped that this principled and enlightened lawyer and mother of one would represent a progressive role model to female Muslims in Germany. However, Özkan immediately brought conservative hellfire upon her head…

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