Islam and Islamophobia in Germany / Europe
Freiheit, Gleichheit und Intoleranz. Der Islam in der liberalen Gesellschaft Deutschlands und Europas, Bielefeld: Transcript, 2013
Islam in "Liberal" Europe. Freedom, Equality, and Intolerance, Lanham: Rowman and Littlefield 2014
Dealing with Islam is the fundamental test for the liberal constitution of Western societies. Kai Hafez takes the first comprehensive inventory of equality, integration and recognition of Islam in Germany and Europe. His nuanced view shows that while political systems are slowly adjusting to the presence of Muslims, "liberal society" often lags far behind. The "Sarrazin debate" and racist killings are just the tip of many Europeans' inability to integrate globalization into their lives. In order to support democracy, it takes no less than a reinvention of "liberal society". Not only politicians and citizens, but also the institutions of the media, science, schools and churches have to completely renew themselves.
"An excellent book."
Farid Hafez, Visiting Scholar, Columbia University, Middle East Institute
»A book worth reading.«
André Ritter, Theologische Literaturzeitung, 139 (2014) 3
"A very exciting book."
Thilo Scholle, spw-Zeitung für sozialistische Politik und Wirtschaft, (2015) 3
»Hafez’s careful comparisons of the legal, political, cultural, and intellectual challenges flowing from these demographic changes show just how unsettled these issues are. His in-depth analyses of France, Germany, and the UK, in particular, show surprising variations both in public attitudes and legal approaches to mosque/state issues. Blatant prejudice against Muslims, Hafez (Univ. of Erfurt, Germany) shows, is characteristic not just of some of the more virulent rightist parties but is also found in the mainstream media, in centrist politics, and in academia. [The author’s] case for a reexamination of the true nature of multicultural liberalism, secularism, and religious tolerance is timely and on point. This is an important book, raising important questions about challenging issues. Summing Up: Highly recommended. Upper-division undergraduate, graduate, and research collections.«
E.V. Schneier, City College of the City University of New York, Choice Reviews
"The presentation of Hafez illuminates the high complexity and ambivalences of the topic. The book is a concisely written, literature-saturated presentation that processes a variety of theoretical approaches and empirical studies in the sense of a large-scale research report. And Hafez has a message: Europe has to renew itself and its institutions, as the treatment of Islam shows. The recognition of religious minorities is an essential part of a fundamental political and social emancipation of European societies."
Frauke Klinge, Junge Welt, 9.9.2013 (auch in: Contraste 9/2013)
»Compact information and a wealth of sources make the book an enlightening read that offers analytical depth and passion.«
Serdar Günes, Deutschland Radio Kultur, 11.8.2013
»The book formulates a few unpleasant truths (...) An extraordinarily fact-rich, comprehensive, scientific monograph.«
Reiner Scholz, SWR2, 23.8.2013
»A profitable read that is very well suited as an overview and basis for discussion on the subject of Islam in Europe.«
Jan Achim Richter, PW-Portal für Politikwissenschaft, www.pw-portal.de, 6 (2013)
»Islam integration is a key challenge for liberal democracy in the European immigration countries. Kai Hafez's book provides a theoretical and systematic foundation for the discussion of this key question. «
Prof. Dr. Klaus J. Bade, Migrationsforscher, Publizist, Politikberater
»[Hafez offers] a reasoned argument that is well supported by facts.
Anyone who takes a little more time will be rewarded with theoretical considerations on the immigration society that go far beyond popular scientific criticism of criticism of Islam. «
Luisa Seeling, Internationale Politik, 5/6 (2013)
»Kai Hafez gets to the bottom of the burning social issues of our time.«
Wolfgang Taus, Wiener Zeitung, 16.04.2013
»Kai Hafez's book contains interesting insights, it should be taken into account.«
Ismail Kul, Zaman Online, March 19, 2013
"All in all, Hafez impresses with his extensive knowledge of the European social science landscape and his ability to draw from it consistently profitable knowledge with regard to the future coexistence of Muslims and non-Muslims in free and democratically constituted Germany and Europe."
Mohammed Khallouk, islam.de, September 16, 2013
»[Hafez 'discussion of a] large number of the quite controversial scientific findings of the research work carried out in Central, Northern and Western Europe and their focus on 'German conditions' represent an important marker. Social science research as well as social arguments will benefit from this.«
Jos Schnurer, www.socialnet.de, March 14, 2013
"With this work, Kai Hafez [...] provides a complex inventory and analysis as well as an evaluation of the current research results, backed up with philosophical ideas, with political science theories and sociological research results."
Medienspiegel Deutsch-Maghrebinische Gesellschaft, 3 (2013)
»Communication scientist Kai Hafez from Erfurt has compiled and evaluated several hundred scientific publications on equality, integration and recognition of Islam in Germany and Europe. This has resulted in a summary overview. It is aimed at all those who, in his view, are trying to downplay the dimensions of Islamophobia in European society. «
Thorsten G. Schneiders, Deutschlandfunk, June 28, 2013
»In his book, media scientist Kai Hafez demands that all areas of society have to reorient themselves: politics, science, schools, churches, and the media. The Participating Media Monitoring Initiative [Initiative Teilnehmende Medienbeobachtung] can only agree with this finding. «
Ingrid Thurner, Südwind: Magazin für internationale Politik, Kultur und Entwicklung, Oktober 2013