Post by : Akshara Palshetkar | Post on : September 7, 2020 at 2:30 pm
Germany constitutes a pluralism of lifestyle and is shaped by cultures from diverse backgrounds. Multiculturalism and its growing dimensions are observed in secular states like Germany and Muslim populations. The government of Germany hopes that its immigrants will integrate with the native society in a better way.
Associate Professor at Northeastern University, Berna Turam, the author of “Between Islam and the State: the Politics of Engagement,” discusses the growing tension that challenges the value of assimilating multiculturalism. Muslims have been at the forefront of debates when Germany announced restrictions on Muslim religious practices. Therefore, ‘failed multiculturalism’ is a tag often given to Germany. However, Turam addresses a different issue regarding the “the global challenge of religious faith, particularly public practices of Muslims, to secular democracies”.
When asked about the reason behind Islam being the centre, Turam says that secularism which separates religion and politics has pushed religion to the private sphere. Also, the European democracies face a difficult time in dealing with the growing Muslim population and their freedom and demands. However, Muslims are not only the ones who are responsible for the ‘failed multiculturalism’. They as immigrants need the liberty to maintain their own ethnic cultures and religious identities. Germany is ought to make an effort to maintain their individuality rather than assimilating them into their native German culture.
Democratisation is a never-ending and an important process. It helps in maintaining interaction between the government and the immigrants. Diasporas demand tolerance and acceptance of their ethnic cultures. They remind the states of their right to maintain individual identity which also is a part of globalisation. States on the other hand demand and force them to change their individuality to merge and evolve as one. However, this becomes problematic to immigrants who are forced to be deprived of their identities and are thus referred to as the ‘problem child of European civility’.