What are some examples of Islamic music

Youth cultures

Götz Nordbruch

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Dr. phil., born 1974; Assistant Professor at the Center for Contemporary Middle East Studies at the University of Southern Denmark in Odense; Co-editor of the newsletter "Youth culture, religion and democracy. Political education with young Muslims" and co-founder of the ufuq.de association; University of Southern Denmark, Campusvej 55, DK-5230, Odense M / Denmark. [email protected]: //www.ufuq.de

Islamic youth cultures are not a phenomenon of migration. Young Muslims often explicitly define themselves as Muslim and German and see themselves as an active part of German society.


With her much-acclaimed book "Between Pop and Jihad. Muslim Young People in Germany" the journalist Julia Gerlach drew attention for the first time to a "pop-Islamic" youth scene a few years ago. She used the term to describe a movement whose beginnings can be traced back to the 1990s, but which only gained importance after the attacks of September 11, 2001 and the subsequent shifts in discourse. [1] As the most important characteristic of the "Pop-Muslims", Gerlach identified their self-image, in which a break with traditional identities and life plans of the parents and grandparents' generation became apparent. Islamic identity, belonging to German society and modern lifestyle are thought of as a consistent unity by young people and young adults.

In the past few years, numerous associations and initiatives have emerged that are based on a similar self-image. This trend has meanwhile become a household name among Muslims, and "Pop-Islam" has also attracted increasing interest among the non-Islamic public. [2] Nevertheless, Gerlach only recently raised the question: "Is Pop Islam dead in Germany?" [3] The background to this question was the intermittent stagnation of the number of members of these associations. The question points less to a decline than to a multiplication of the Islamic youth scenes. As among non-Muslims, a wide range of youth cultural scenes is developing among Muslim young people, which can only be insufficiently defined under "Pop". Merging into the social mainstream and demarcation in explicitly Islamic defined communities are only the extremes that mark the spectrum.