Pacifying Muslims in Germany's `City of Peace': interreligious dialogue as a tool of governance in Osnabruck

Autor(en): Konyali, Ali
Haddad, Laura
Pott, Andreas 
Stichwörter: DIVERSITY; German city; governance; interreligious dialogue; Islam; Muslims; Religion; second generation
Erscheinungsdatum: 2019
Herausgeber: ROUTLEDGE JOURNALS, TAYLOR & FRANCIS LTD
Journal: RELIGION STATE & SOCIETY
Volumen: 47
Ausgabe: 4-5, SI
Startseite: 440
Seitenende: 455
Zusammenfassung: 
Addressing Muslims as a target group in municipal politics is a relatively new development in German cities. Interreligious dialogue, often initiated by established Christian actors, provides a format for doing so. In our local West German case study, the politics of dialogue link up with a historical narrative of Osnabruck as `City of Peace', creating a semantic framework which is hard to resist, yet not undisputed. As a governance tool, interreligious dialogue has the potential to pacify and to structure social relations. It tends to prefer and support certain subject positions, while neglecting others. In this contribution we focus both on actors who are involved in local interreligious dialogue as well as those who - for diverse reasons - do not participate, and who question or oppose it. Thus, we analyse the effects of interreligious dialogue on local subjectivation processes, including alternative reactions that might challenge the dominant paradigm.
ISSN: 09637494
DOI: 10.1080/09637494.2019.1678976

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