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IJRR :: 2016 Volume 12 :: Article 6
2016 Volume 12, Article 6
Islamism in Western Europe: Milli Görüş in Germany

Author: Gönül Tol (Middle East Institute) and Yasemin Akbaba (Gettysburg College)

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This study is an inquiry into the nature of the Islamic Community Milli Görüş (Islamische Gemeinschaft Milli Görüş -IGMG) movement in Germany. The movement has been identified as an “Islamist extremist group” by the German Ministry of the Interior in 2005. Germany has the highest number of Turkish immigrants in Western Europe and is home to Milli Görüş’s headquarters. We ask whether radicalization is a response to social, economic and political marginalization of Milli Görüş members in Germany. The data collected during the field research conducted in Germany between the years of 2004 and 2007 was used to explore radicalization process with a focus on marginalization.

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