German Muslims And The Problems They Are Facing

While welcoming the Syrian refugees a few years ago seemed like Germany was moving in a more open direction, that might not be the case. The diverse Muslim population in the country includes these men and women as well as those with other backgrounds. However, even in the most progressive cities, a tremendous divide exists between the German Muslims and their fellow German citizens.

All countries and cities undergo adjustment periods when their demographics experience a significant shift. For German political parties, this means determining how to include these conservative voters into their groups without excluding their native members.

With progressive cosmopolitan voters comprising the majority of folks who are accepting of the Muslim population, it is virtually impossible to bring them together with the ultra-conservative values that bind the Muslim community. The clash between lifestyles and choices can be seen in the cities, where you can see the difference in dress, attitude, and actions.

There are political sectors who are working to gain the vote of the Muslim population. However, there are flaws with this system. Election events are separated by gender and most politicians focus their efforts on the men anyway.

When Muslim women do become involved in politics, it is often after they have left the restrictive patriarchal bonds of their family. Some denounce their faith as well while others choose a more modern approach to their religion.

Because they have broken the party line and spoken out for themselves, these candidates are not popular with many of the male voters who prefer to maintain the status quo. However, these candidates can help to bolster their party for urban dwellers who are not Muslim.

Other cities throughout Europe have experienced this type of adjustment period before and have been able to successfully navigate their citizens through to the other side. The degree of ease often correlates with the length of time the new group has been included. However, it does begin to ease.

Right now, the Muslims in Germany are experiencing a tremendous cultural change as they contend with a nation far more open than their previous one. At the same time, the natives and political parties are struggling with how to incorporate these newest citizens into the political mix of the nation. Though uncomfortable on both sides for right now, the tensions are sure to ease as the nation finds its way toward the future.