Constructing a regime. Pragmatism and depoliticization in European-Mediterranean relations: the case of Israel and the Palestinian Authorities - by Peter Seeberg
Peter Seeberg discusses the development of European-Mediterranean relations, and EU policies towards the Israel-Palestine conflict in particular, in the context of the European Neighbourhood Policy (ENP) and the Union for the Mediterranean (UfM). His thorough article develops the concept of regime building introduced to the analysis of EU policies by Roland Dannreuther. Seeberg outlines the evolving new regime as a step towards a specific EU "agency" that would add new dimensions to the discussions about the character of the EU as to its foreign and security policy.
Urban Chic und Niqab – Islamische Mode - by Götz Nordbruch
For years, Islamic fashion has remained a niche market on the German fashion scene. Yet in the last few years, the number of fashion shops offering „Islamic clothing“ has considerably increased – in Germany as in other European countries. Götz Nordbruch questions what exactly makes clothes “Islamic” and examines what makes them so popular – particular among Muslim women?
Turkey, the EU and the Armenian Question - by Dietrich Jung
The Armenian question has frequently occurred to be an issue of contention in Turkey-EU relations. Dietrich Jung sketches how the way to genocide was paved during the final decades of the Ottoman Empire. He emphasizes the necessity of a revision of Turkish national history writing in this respect, but suggests that this revision should be embedded in a larger re-examination of the history of Europe in the late nineteenth and early twentieth century. This period is still a dark and poorly comprehended chapter of European history in which millions of people, Christians and Muslims, lost their lives.
Islam in World Affairs post-9/11: Three Responses - by Necati Polat
The events of 9/11 2001 continue to resound in scholarly debates about Islam and the future of Muslim societies. Necati Polat discusses three studies that attempt to make sense of recent developments at the crossroads between Europe and the Middle East. While these studies provide important insights into Middle Eastern history and politics, they fall short of offering convincing interpretations of Islamic politics in contemporary world affairs.
Denmark and Turkey’s EU Accession: Between therapy and rejection - by Dietrich Jung
After the constitutional referendum on September 12, 2010, the public debate about Turkey’s EU accession has gotten new momentum. Dietrich Jung outlines some particular patterns that have previously characterized this debate in Denmark. He briefly analyzes the positions of Denmark’s political and economic establishments, as well as, the broader public debate. So far, the Danish debate on Turkey’s EU membership aspirations has been characterized by rhetoric of both “therapy” and “rejection”.
Muslim Youth Cultures in Germany: Between Fun, Protest, and Service to Society - by Götz Nordbruch
Muslim youth scenes that have emerged in the past years in Germany are not a phenomenon of migration, but rather an integrated part of local developments of youth culture. Götz Nordbruch argues that young Muslims increasingly tend to identify as Muslim and as German, and consider themselves as active part of German society.
Turkey on Its Way to Europe: A Shift in the Domestic Configuration of Power? - by Necati Polat
The domestic political scene in Turkey has long been defined by a tense interaction of the centre and the periphery in the use of power. As Necati Polat shows in his article, the recent referendum in Turkey is only the last step in a profound reconfiguration of power in Turkish society.
17. september 2010
The Constitutional Referendum in Turkey: A step toward democracy? - by Dietrich Jung
On September 12, 2010, the Turkish voters approved in a popular referendum a heavily debated package of constitutional amendments with a particular focus on the judicial institutions of the country. Dietrich Jung assesses the outcome and recent events against the background of a brief history of Turkish constitutionalism.
14. maj 2010
Arab encounters with Nazism: A reply to Adel Beshara - by Götz Nordbruch
The Australian historian Adel Beshara has published a critical review of Goetz Nordbruch’s study Nazism in Syria and Lebanon. The ambivalence of the German option, 1933-1945 (London 2009). Beshara questions Nordbruch’s discussion of the radical nationalist Syrian Nationalist Party. In this reply, Nordbruch answers Beshara reading of his study.
21. april 2010
Götz Nordbruch is reviewing Matthias Küntzel: "Jihad and Jew-Hatred: Islamism, Nazism and the Roots of 9/11" (New York: Telos Press Publishing, 2007)
Several recent studies have focused on the echoes of Nazism in the Arab world. Among these, Küntzel’s book has received much attention; yet, despite its valuable insights into the characteristics of modern antisemitic ideology, its conclusions are simplifying the complexity and ambivalences of contemporary nationalist and Islamist thought.
1. marts 2010
Götz Nordbruch is reviewing Bettina Gräf and Jakob Skovgaard-Petersen (eds.): The Global Mufti. The Phenomenon of Yusuf Al-Qaradawi (London 2009)
The Egyptian-born cleric Yusuf al-Qaradawi is the most prominent Sunni-Islamic scholar. A recently published study provides a detailed discussion of Qaradawi's global impact in Islamic thought and activism.