Jews, Muslims and the Ritual Male Circumcision Debate: Religious Diversity of Social Inclusion in Germany
Translated Title: How Turkish immigrants orient themselves to the Jews in Germany
Juden und Türken in Deutschland: Integration von Immigranten, Politische Repräsentation und Minderheitenrechte
Translated Title: Jews and Turks in Germany: Integration of Immigrants, Political Representation and Minority Rights
Topics: Jewish - Muslim Relations, Multiculturalism, Islamophobia, Racism, Antisemitism, Immigration, Main Topic: Antisemitism
Abstract: This article examines how German Turks employ the German Jewish trope to establish an analogous discourse for their own position in German society. Drawing on the literature on immigrant incorporation, we argue that immigrants take more established minority groups as a model in their incorporation process. Here, we examine how German Turks formulate and enact their own incorporation into German society. They do that, we argue, by employing the master narrative and socio-cultural repertoire of Germany's principal minority, German Jewry. This is accomplished especially in relation to racism and antisemitism, as an organizational model and as a political model in terms of making claims against the German state. We argue that in order to understand immigrant incorporation, it is not sufficient to look at state-immigrant relations only—authors also need to look at immigrant groups' relationships with other minority groups.