Tag Archives : Integration


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Integration: experts believe debate about mainstream culture to be vital

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.“


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What we can demand from immigrants

In this contribution for Frankfurter Allgemeine Zeitung, EFD Programme Director Ahmad Mansour and co-chair of the German Green party Cem Özdemir claim that the German government is not prepared to tackle radical Islam. Integrating the refugees in Germany is already a gigantic task and it is time to learn from the mistakes that have been made in the past, they urge.


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Islam And Integration, How The Seeds For Terror Take Root

In this guest contribution for Worldcrunch, EFD Programme Director Ahmad Mansour highlights the connections between recent terror attacks in Germany and what he refers to as an “undemocratic behaviour based on cultural sensitivities”, such as the latest case of an imam denying his son’s teacher a handshake, because she is female.


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We are not your toys

In this guest contribution for taz, EFD Programme Director Ahmad Mansour comments on the indignation of German left-wing politicians to demand a reform of outdated interpretations of Islam from within the Muslim community. Muslims are capable of accepting criticism when it comes to their religion and must not be handled with kid gloves, Mansour writes.


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“The handshake-debate in Switzerland: far from a frivolous issue”

In this interview with Swiss Tages Woche, EFD Programme Director Ahmad Mansour talks about the enforcement of handshakes in Swiss schools as a reaction to the handshake-debate in Therwil. For the boys it wasn’t about rebellion or an act of defiance, Mansour says; behaviour of this sort is a sign of exposure to ideology. That’s why it’s important to have a debate and to underline that disregarding the founding principles of democracy and gender equality is not acceptable, regardless of religious affiliation.


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“Ahmad Mansour: ‘It’s not about the bomb’”

This contribution broadcasted by Swiss tv channel telebasel reports on the 4th Basel Symposium on Integration, where EFD Programme Director Ahmad Mansour took a stand on the Swiss handshake-debate (referring to the refusal of two Muslim students to shake their female teacher’s hand). “We mustn’t settle for those who want to teach us that this doesn’t have anything to do with Islam, with religion”, Mansour says, “we need an honest, brave and strong debate that seeks to understand the root causes.”


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Ahmad Mansour: A conversation with his laudator, former German Interior Minister Gerhart Baum

In this radio interview, hosted by radio bremen, former German Interior Minister Gerhart Baum speaks about the decision to award EFD Programme Director Ahmad Mansour with the Carl-von-Ossietzky award. Baum stresses the importance of the role Mansour has played over the years as a point of reference for the German Muslim community during times of rising Islamophobia in Germany and the importance of the preventative work that he has been doing for years.


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Radically integrated

Frankfurter Allgemeine Zeitung reports on an event hosted by member of the House of Representatives of Berlin, Burkard Dregger (CDU), who invited EFD Programme Director Ahmad Mansour to speak about integration. The article goes on to elaborate on Mansour’s background, his career and current efforts to establish an inner-Islamic debate on some of the contents of Islamic belief.


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