Background

In recent years, radical manifestations in Islam have become more noticeable and are being discussed publicly. Especially in youth work and education, the issue of prevention and interfering in tendencies for radicalisation of young people has increasingly been on the agenda.

Background knowledge and actual figures on manifestations of Islamic-based extremism is limited and little supported by factual knowledge. In addition, these phenomena are often attributed very specifically in a mono-causal manner to Islam. Accordingly, they are rarely put into the context of tendencies and processes of radicalisation in adolescence or in the context of social discourse of Islam and thus Muslim men and women.

 

Although the emergence of a Salafist scene is in line with international developments, however, the manifestations in Germany are inextricably linked to the local society and accordingly can only be explained taking all societal factors into account.

Concern

Our concern is to protect, in particular, young people from joining this movement by means of preventative work.

On the one side, this means training various stakeholders in education and youth work about scene-typical characteristics, and on the other hand, the development and implementation of measures which offer adolescents alternatives to the uniqueness offered by Salafism.

In this context we focus on a positive and encouraging approach of adolescents.

 

Young people’s perception of being part of this society must be encouraged and they need to learn how to deal with plurality and heterogeneity.