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German Muslim attitudes to life

I am German because I live here
"I am German because I love Germany". Photo: German Federal Ministry of the Interior

Identity

1.7 percent of Muslims see themselves as "only German". 56 percent identify themselves only or mainly with their country of origin. (see table 1)

94 percent want to preserve the culture of their country of origin.[41]

91 percent do not support segregation of ethnic groups.[42]

Table 1: how German Muslims view themselves[43]

only German
mainly German
German and country of origin
mainly country of origin
only country of origin

1.7 percent
10.5 percent
31.4 percent
28.1 percent
28.3 percent

 

Satisfaction with life

87 percent of Muslims in Germany are satisfied with their life situation[44]:

I feel very comfortable
I feel comfortable
I feel uncomfortable
I feel very uncomfortable

26.1 percent
60.8 percent
9.0 percent
4.1 percent

German friends

54 percent of Muslims have many German friends. 46 have few or none[45]:

No German friends
Few German friends
Equal number of German and non-German friends
Mostly German friends

10.1 percent
36.2 percent
36.1 percent
17.7 percent

Islam and morality

"Islam is the only genuine religion"[46]

53.4 percent
12.2 percent
22.5 percent

agree entirely
agree somewhat
disagree

"In Germany it can be seen that Christianity is unable to ensure morality"[47]

32 percent

agree entirely

"Sexual morality is undermined in Western societies."[48]

42.5 percent
25.8 percent

agree entirely
agree somewhat

61.8 percent of German Muslims never drink alcohol. 38 percent do.[49]

Segregation

The majority of Muslims in Berlin do not want to live in a Muslim-majority neighbourhood.[50]

71 percent
15 percent
13 percent
34 percent

want to live in an ethnically and religiously diverse neighbourhood
prefer a neighbourhood where Muslims predominate
prefer a neighbourhood where other ethnic/religious groups predominate
of ethnic Germans prefer a neighbourhood which is not mixed, but dominated by Germans.

In the survey, almost 1000 Muslims were interviewed. Of those

78 percent

were Turks or were of Turkish background

97 percent

were Muslims from birth

53 percent

came to Germany after their 14th birthday

10 percent

were Iranian, Iraqi, Pakistani or Afghan

6 percent

were Arab Muslims

3 percent

were European Muslims

1 percent

were German converts

55 percent

were Sunnis

7 percent

were Shia

9 percent

were Alevi (some in this group claimed not to be Muslim)

29 percent

said they were Muslim without specifying further


[41] Ministry of the Interior: Muslime in Deutschland, July 2007, p. 99.

[42] Ministry of the Interior: Muslime in Deutschland, July 2007, p. 99.

[43] Ministry of the Interior: Muslime in Deutschland, July 2007, p. 92.

[44] Ministry of the Interior: Muslime in Deutschland, July 2007, p. 93.

[45] Ministry of the Interior: Muslime in Deutschland, July 2007, p. 94.

[46] Ministry of the Interior: Muslime in Deutschland, July 2007, p. 120.

[47] Ministry of the Interior: Muslime in Deutschland, July 2007, p. 121.

[48] Ministry of the Interior: Muslime in Deutschland, July 2007, p. 121.

[49] Ministry of the Interior: Muslime in Deutschland, July 2007, p. 116.

[50] Ministry of the Interior: Muslime in Deutschland, July 2007, p. 99.

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