In this essay for Süddeutsche Zeitung, EFD Senior Policy Advisor Ahmad Mansour shares his personal experience of integrating into German society. From feeling lost and “inferior”, to embracing the new home with all its difficulties.
EDUCATIONMA, Psychology, Humboldt University (Germany)
BA, Psychology, Tel-Aviv University (Israel)
CONTACT INFORMATIONEmail: ahmad.mansour [AT] europeandemocracy.eu
LANGUAGESArabic, English, German, Hebrew
Analysis & Events
Huffington Post (Germany)June 8, 2017
This article by Huffington Post discusses EFD Senior Policy Advisor Ahmad Mansour’s appearance as a guest on German weekly talkshow Markus Lanz. During the show Mansour discussed the latest Islamist terrorist attacks, saying that “we [Muslims] haven’t asked ourselves the question how such a monster could emerge in our midst.”
ZDF (Germany)June 7, 2017
EFD Senior Policy Advisor Ahmad Mansour is a guest on German weekly talkshow Markus Lanz. Together with member of German parliament Jens Spahn, Mansour discusses radicalisation and how certain understandings of Islam can foster extremism.
FOCUS Online (Germany)June 5, 2017
In this article for FOCUS Online, EFD Senior Policy Advisor Ahmad Mansour calls attention to the fact that making young people resilient to extremist narratives must be at the core of addressing Islamist ideology. A precondition for this is the Muslim associations’ participation in a debate about an Islam that is compatible with our democracy and the German basic law, Mansour writes.
hr2 (Germany)May 31, 2017
In this radio interview with hr2-kultur from 31st May, EFD Senior Policy Advisor Ahmad Mansour discusses the radicalisation of youth in Germany in the light of recent terror attacks. Mansour argues that the problem starts with a rejection of liberal democratic values and not just the actual readiness to use violence.
This article by jetzt discusses an advertisement campaign of Kuwaiti mobile service provider Zain. In the campaign video, a suicide bomber deviates from his intention to carry out an attack, due to the message transported in the video that one should follow god in love and not in terror. EFD Senior Policy Advisor Ahmad Mansour comments on the campaign and highlights the importance of adopting a positive connotation of the phrase ‘Allahu Akbar’.
The Times of Israel (Israel)May 26, 2017
In this article, The Times of Israel echoes EFD Senior Policy Advisor Ahmad Mansour in his call for Western governments to engage with Muslim youth vulnerable to extremist ideology. Mansour points out that “the challenge to German society is not only to respond to the problems of these young people before the Salafists and Islamists catch them, but also to educate them in a Western attitude that will make them immune to Islamist incitement.”
Deutsche Welle (Germany)May 24, 2017
In this interview with Deutsche Welle about the terror attack in Manchester, EFD Senior Policy Advisor Ahmad Mansour highlights the signifiance of ideology in radicalisation and discusses the vital necessity of preventing the radicalisation of youth by means of social work.
Deutschlandfunk Nova (Germany)May 11, 2017
In this radio interview with Deutschlandfunk Nova, EFD Senior Policy Advisor Ahmad Mansour discusses anti-Semitism within Muslim communities on the occasion of an incident in the beginning of April, in which a Jewish student left his school in Berlin because he was bullied for being Jewish.
Rundblick (Germany)May 4, 2017
This article by Rundblick gives an account of a discussion on integration and German “Leitkultur“, hosted by the Konrad Adenauer Foundation. “Leitkultur might not be the right term“, EFD Senior Policy Advisor Ahmad Mansour said, but “we must make clear to people the personal advantages that come with living in accordance with the basic law.“
Die Welt (Germany)April 18, 2017
In this interview with Die Welt, EFD Senior Policy Advisor Ahmad Mansour examines the question why many German Turks voted ‘yes’ in Erdogan’s referendum. His self-display as the strong man fighting evil powers responded well with many voters Mansour explains, who believe in a conspiracy against Turkey and Islam.
Tagesspiegel (Germany)April 7, 2017
In this contribution for Tagesspiegel, EFD Senior Policy Advisor Ahmad Mansour highlights a lacking examination of the specific kind of antisemitism that prevails within Muslim communities in Germany out of a general helplessness in dealing with multiculturalism.
Neue Westfälische (Germany)March 30, 2017
In this interview with Neue Westfälische, EFD Senior Policy Advisor Ahmad Mansour highlights the necessity of breaking down the black and white world views of Islamists which they are transporting to youth vulnerable to radicalisation. Me must enter into dialogues with these young people and give them the sense that they are being taken seriously, Mansour advises.
Allgemeine Zeitung (Germany)March 10, 2017
This article by Allgemeine Zeitung discusses a talk given by EFD Senior Policy Advisor Ahmad Mansour on the need for more digital intervention in the prevention of radicalisation. Youth must be reached out to on social media and made offers by mainstream society, a process currently dominated by Salafists.
taz (Germany)March 3, 2017
In this interview with taz, EFD Senior Policy Advisor Ahmad Mansour discusses his perception of the headscarf as a political symbol. In the interview, Mansour explains that in his opinion, female teachers should not be wearing headscarves as they represent a patriarchic ideology, in which women are not perceived as equals.