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The Factors Behind the Adoption of Islam by Germans: the Experience of an Ethno-Confessional Research
Riazanova Elvina

PhD Candidate, Section of Ethnology, History Department, Lomonosov Moscow State University

119192, Russia, g. Moscow, Lomonosovskii prospekt, 27 korp.4


The article is focused on the Germans (the so-called converts), who converted to Islam, being born and living on the territory of Mecklenburg-West Pomerania, Germany. The aim of this study is to identify the factors behind the religious conversion. The author's main task was to determine what reasons influenced the adoption of Islam among Germans. The author analyzes the connection between the decision to adopt Islam and the place of residence of newly converted Muslims, the influence of political attitudes within German society towards immigrant Muslims, family circumstances and cultural preferences. The article is written based on the author's field material. The author applied the methods of field ethnographic observation, non-formalized interviewing, as well as an analysis of the literature on this topic. The scientific novelty of this research lies in the fact that this is the first study in Russian historiography on the reasons for the conversion of Germans to Islam, conducted on field material. The author comes to the conclusion that the Germans' decision to adopt Islam was not significantly influenced by political and territorial factors. Neither does distance from the Muslim world hinder conversion. Negative attitudes towards Muslims also do not play a significant role in making a conscious choice regarding the transition to the religion. The main reasons for adopting Islam were personal and family.

Keywords: Germany, religious organizations, Muslim community, new Muslims, converters, Islam, conversion motifs, religious conversion, Rostock, german Muslims



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