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Muslim faith in Germany

Mosque in Duisburg
Mosque in Duisburg

The number of Turks in Germany who define themselves as "very religious" quadrupled from 2000 to 2005. 83 percent considered themselves religious. (table 1)

At the same time, support for religious practices – praying, fasting, alms giving – increased significantly. (table 2)

Table 1: Attitudes to religion among Muslims in Germany[39]
 

2000

2005

Very religious
Quiet Religious
Rather not religious
Not at all religious

7.6
64.6
24.5
3.3

28.1
55.2
11.0
5.8

 

Table 2: Religious practices[40]
 

2000

2005

Fasting during Ramadan
Daily prayer
Friday prayer
Religious holiday prayer
Zekat – Almsgiving

62.2
23.5
21.0
31.0
59.3

74.3
34.9
33.3
50.9
77.4

 

In 2000 some 27 percent of Turks in Germany believed that a Muslim woman should wear a headscarf in public. In 2005 the figure was 47 percent.

The number of Turks who think that girls and boys should not participate together in gym classes increased from 19 percent (2000) to 30 percent (2005).

90 percent of Turks in Germany favour Islamic religious education in German schools. 67 percent of Turks prefer such classes to be taught in Turkish.


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