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Engaging “Moderates” Against “Extremists” in German Politics on Islam

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Extremist-jihadist terrorism has been propelled to the top of the political agenda in Germany. After the July 2016 axe-attack in a train and the suicide bombing in the Bavarian town of Ansbach, a rejected asylum seeker steered a truck into a crowd of people visiting the Berlin Christmas market at Breitscheidplatz on December 19th, killing 12 and injuring 56 people. These events intensified the political debate on how to deal with radicalization and extremism with Islamic reference in Germany.Footnote1 Germany has been a relatively recent target of this kind of terrorist attacks compared to other European countries. Yet, concerns about extremism with religious reference and policy initiatives trying to come to terms with this new challenge have proliferated since 9/11.

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Review of Faith and International Affairs

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1557-0274
1931-7743

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15

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Informa UK Limited