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Germany has the highest number of Muslim citizens in Western Europe, as well as in the member states of the European Union as a whole. It is also a hotbed of Islamist activity. Most notably, the attacks of 9/11 were organized in part in Germany by the “Hamburg cell” headed by Mohammed Atta.1  Today, Islamists from Germany, including homegrown terrorists, pose a real threat to the security of the German state—as well as to that of the United States and other countries, such as Afghanistan, Pakistan, and Iraq.

Islamism in Germany has deep roots, stretching back to a symbiosis between the German state and radical religious elements during the First World War. These ties endured during the Second World War, fueled by the Third Reich’s close ties to the Grand-Mufti of Jerusalem, Haj Amin al-Hussaini, and throughout the decades of the Cold War against the Soviet Union, before emerging to challenge the stability of the Federal Republic in the post-Cold War era. 

Level of Islamist Activity: 
Low
Islamist Activity: 

There exists considerable ideological and operational difference between lawful Islamism, which seeks the gradual imposition of sharia (Islamic law), and violent jihad, which is aimed at the overthrow of the established state. In Germany, Islamism of the lawful variant predominates, although instances of jihadi activity have been documented as well. As of 2012, Germany’s internal security service, the Federal Office for the Protection of the Constitution (Verfassungsschutzbericht), estimated that some 30 Islamist organizations with a total of 42,550 members were active within the country. This represents an increase of more than 4,000 Islamists from 2011 figures,2 and is mainly the result of Salafist Islamist groups now being included in the tally. These groups include:

Milli Görüs 
With some 29,000 members, the Turkish Milli Görüs is by far the largest Islamist group in Germany.3  Its funding derives from donations and membership fees.4  Founded in the early 1970s by former Turkish Prime Minister Necmettin Erbakan, Milli Görüs now runs 323 mosques and associated centers in Germany.5  Since January 23, 1995, its umbrella organization has been known as the Islamic Community Milli Görüs (IGMG).6  

For years, the organization has spread anti-Semitic ideology through a range of media. It promotes radical television broadcasts, such as the Iranian TV series “Zehra’s Blue Eyes” (which revolves around a fictional Israeli candidate for Prime Minister who kidnaps Palestinian children in order to harvest their organs for Jewish use—and glorifies suicide bombing in response).7  It also has disseminated written anti-Semitic works, such as Turkish translations of Henry Ford’s The International Jew.8  Notably, the dissemination of such literature is contrary to German law. At least some portion of the group also has endorsed and promoted jihadist activities abroad.9  

Hezbollah
The Lebanese Shi’ite militia Hezbollah is also active in Germany, where it has had a presence since the 1980s.10  While it has no official representatives, the organization is known to have grown by the end of 2011 to some 950 members/supporters inside the country.11  It actively conducts recruitment there through a network of some 30 cultural centers and mosques.12  The militia likewise is known to maintain active fundraising in Germany through a wide network of charities, nonprofits and ostensibly humanitarian groups. A 2009 investigation by the European Foundation for Democracy, for example, found that the group “directly channels financial donations from Germany to the Lebanese Al-Shahid Association, a known part of Hezbollah’s fundraising network, via an organization known as the Orphans Project Lebanon based in Goettingen, Germany.”13  The amount of money thus funneled to the organization is unknown, but experts estimate that Germany is the group’s “main fund raising center in Europe.”14  In 2005, the European Parliament urged the EU to formally ban Hezbollah,15 but individual nations—France and Germany in particular—have opposed similar moves to date.16  (Following a terrorist attack on Jewish targets in Bourgas, Bulgaria in July 2012, German authorities reluctantly said they might reconsider the ban of Hezbollah in the EU. To date, however, they await more information from Bulgarian authorities before deciding.)17

In the interim, Hezbollah has boasted an increasingly public presence. For example, in 2012 the annual “Al-Quds” rally in Berlin was attended by some 1,000 Hezbollah supporters and other activists—an increase of 300 participants compared to the year before.18  Hezbollah, moreover, appears to be utilizing Germany as a logistics hub; an October 2012 report by Lebanese newspapers identified that the organization is active in the procurement of military equipment in Germany, including parts for aerial drones, utilizing Iranian front companies.19  

Hamas
Hamas is estimated to have approximately 300 members in Germany. These activists raise funds for the Palestinian terror group in collaboration with the Palestinian Return Center (PRC) in London.20  While Hamas does not have any official representatives in the country, it has been known to work through like-minded organizations to raise funds and promote its political objectives there. In July 2010, for example, Germany banned the Humanitarian Relief Foundation, or IHH, because its close ties to Hamas.21  The IHH was noteworthy as the organization behind the controversial Gaza Flotilla of May 2010, and is accused of transmitting 6.6 million Euros from Germany to Hamas in the Gaza Strip.22  

Muslim Brotherhood
The Muslim Brotherhood (MB) is estimated to have some 1,300 members in Germany.23  While it has no formal representation in the country, the organization is known to run Islamic centers in Nuremberg, Stuttgart, Frankfurt, Cologne, Marburg, Braunschweig, and Munich.24 

The Brotherhood has a long history in the Federal Republic, beginning with a 1958 initiative to build a mosque in Munich—an effort which resulted in the creation of the “Islamische Gemeinschaft in Deutschland e.V.” (IGD), the “Islamic Community in Germany.” Today, the IGD is headquartered in Cologne and serves as the unofficial representative of the group in national affairs. From 2002 to 2010, it was headed by one Ibrahim el-Zayat; since 2010, Samir Fallah has been its head.25  El-Zayat was general secretary of the World Assembly of Muslim Youth (WAMY), a Saudi organization active in the spread of Wahhabi ideology abroad.26  The IGD was a founding member of the London-based Federation of Islamic Organizations in Europe (FIOE). According to journalist Ian Johnson, FIOE “is headquartered in a small village in northern England” and has established a series of institutions to “push the Muslim Brotherhood worldview.”27  The IGD tries to create a political climate positive to political Islam, and promote a more pious way of life in Germany. It also collects money for Islamist causes abroad, and raised funds for Hamas during the 2009 Gaza war.28 

Homegrown terrorism
Homegrown terrorism, including domestic groups with connections to international jihadist organizations, constitutes a real threat to German security. The country faces potential threats from jihadists now resident in Germany, as well as jihadists of German origin operating abroad who may eventually return to target the Federal Republic. Both groups can be defined as “third generation” jihadists, i.e., those not necessarily under the auspices of al-Qaeda, but who share their Islamist ideology and terrorist approach.29  Such elements have been implicated in plots to carry out terror attacks in Germany,30 as well as receiving training from jihadist elements abroad.31  “Several dozen” German jihadists—including members of the IJU, the Uzbek Islamic Movement (IBU), the Islamic Movement of Uzbekistan (IMU), and the German Taliban Mujahedin (Deutsche Taliban-Mudschahidin, or DTM)—are currently believed to be active in Pakistan’s Waziristan region.32  In June 2013, the German government conducted large-scale raids in the states of Saxony, Bavaria and Baden-Württemberg in pursuit of Islamist terrorists believed to be planning attacks via model aeroplanes. All three suspects apprehended as a result are of Tunisian origin, and one allegedly studied aviation at Stuttgart University.33 

Iranian influence
The influence of the Shi’a variant of Islamism propounded by the Islamic Republic of Iran can be found in Germany as well. The Islamic Center Hamburg (IZH), founded in 1962, is a pro-Iranian institution closely linked to the Islamic Republic. Its head, the Ayatollah Reza Ramezani,34 was appointed to his post by the Iranian Foreign Ministry.35  The IZH, in turn, tries to spread the idea of the “Iranian Revolution” via brochures, events, prayers, rallies, and other activities, and exerts an influence over a number of Islamic organizations within Germany. These include:

  • The Islamic Center Salman Farsi Moschee Langenhagen e.V. in Hannover;
  • The Academy Baghiatallah e.V. in Bremen; 
  • The Iranian Islamic Cultural Community Berlin e.V. in Berlin; 
  • The Islamic Association Bavaria e.V. in Munich; and 
  • The Ehli-Beyt-Alevit Religious Community Ehli Beyt Alevi Federasyonu e.V. in Frankfurt a.M.36 

Furthermore, the IZH is actively involved in the following institutions: 

  • The Council of Islamic Communities in Hamburg;
  • The Central Council of Muslims in Germany;
  • The Islamic Community of Shi’a Communities in Germany; and
  • The Islamic-European Union of Shi’a scholars and Theologians.37  

The Gülen Movement
The Turkish Gülen Movement has become increasingly influential in Germany. Founded by Turkish Islamist Fethullah Gülen (born 1938), it is based on the ideas of Faid Nursi (1876-1960).38  The Gülen movement runs high schools in Germany39 and does not publicly advocate violence. Rather, it has taken pains to distance itself from bin Laden and al-Qaeda. This stance, however, appears to stem from Gülen’s 2004 declaration that non-state actors (such as al-Qaeda) are not permitted to wage war,40 rather than from an aversion to armed jihad writ large. Gülen’s Turkish branch of political Islam espouses the idea of the gradual imposition of a sharia-based democracy.41  The Gülen Movement runs at least 20-25 schools in Germany, not including some 200 groups for the coaching of pupils after school.42  There are no official membership numbers available for the Gülen Movement, but the group is believed to be increasingly popular as a result of its educational activities.43  According to television and media reports in June 2013, Gülen members have tried to influence and coopt democratic parties in Germany. This has clearly been the case in the city of Leipzig, where Gülen members attempted to gain a majority in the city’s Social Democratic Party’s youth organization, the Young Socialists (Jusos). The Gülen movement also tried to gain influence over the conservative Christian-Social Union (CSU) in Bavaria using the same method.44 

Salafist elements
German authorities consider Salafism to be “the most dynamic Islamist movement,” both in Germany and on the global level.45  Salafi groups in Germany are estimated to have increased their number of adherents from 3,800 in 2011 to some 4,500 as of early 2013.46,47   

This growth has brought with it an increase in militant activity. The first ever “Islamist terror attack” in Germany occurred on March 2, 2011, when Kosovar Serb Arid Uka killed two U.S. soldiers at the Frankfurt International Airport.48  Uka was discovered to have been in touch with Salafist elements via social media outlets, specifically Facebook.49  He was convicted to life in prison in December 2012.50 

On May 5, 2012, an anti-Islam rally by extreme right-wing activists in Bonn turned violent, when 500-600 Muslim extremists gathered for a counter-protest clashed with police, severely wounding two police officers.51 Their attacker, a 26 year old Salafi Islamist, was subsequently given a six year prison sentence.52 

German authorities have begun to respond. In June 2012, the Islamist network Millatu Ibrahim was shut down by German authorities in the first action of its kind against Salafist groups.53  Investigations are also ongoing against Salafist groups Dawa FFM [Dawa Frankfurt] and Die Wahre Religion [The True Religion]. In March 2013, Dawa FFM and two other groups, Islamitische Audios and An-Nussrah, were proscribed by German authorities.54

Islamism and Society: 

At 4.1 million people, Germany’s Muslim population is the highest among the 27 states that make up the European Union.55  Of this number, the majority (2.56 million) is from Turkey, while roughly half a million (536,000) is from the former Yugoslavia. Iran (70,000), Afghanistan (89,000), Morocco (163,000), Pakistan (67,000), Egypt (37,000), Iraq (97,000), Lebanon (127,000) and Syria (35,000) make up the other significant countries of origin.56  

For decades, however, the former Federal Republic of Germany did not consider these immigrants to be true citizens, instead terming them Gastarbeiter, or guest workers. Over time, however, this fiction has become increasingly hard to sustain; Turkish workers, in particular, stayed in Germany, and their families followed them there. Racism was and remains a widespread phenomenon in Germany, due to the specific German national concept of citizenship, which until recently was defined along blood, rather than territorial, lines. Thus, being born in Germany did not necessarily mean that you were German in the popular conception. This began to change in 1999 with the passage of a new law granting children of non-German residents citizenship by birth.57  

Since the attacks of 9/11, and particularly over the past several years, political Islam has become a major topic of public debate in Germany. The wearing of the headscarf, honor killings, forced marriages, and support for terrorism and anti-Zionist activity are among the main topics of discussion surrounding both Islam and Islamism. Yet many newspapers, researchers, and politicians, as well as the general public at large, remain reluctant to deal with these issues. Those political groups or parties which express their opposition to political Islam do so out of ideological and/or racist grounds, rather than as a result of careful analysis of specific elements of political Islam. Likewise, many groups opposed to Islam are also against other foreigners (as well as those considered to be not “German” enough). 

Nevertheless, a tiny but growing number of public intellectuals, scholars, activists, authors, and journalists have emerged publicly as critics of Islamism in recent years. These individuals have faced resistance on the public policy front. Some institutions, like the Berlin Center for Research on Antisemitism (ZfA),58  have equated any meaningful criticism of Islam with anti-Semitism, often framed as “Islamophobia.”59  Many journalists and mainstream scholars even compare or equate Islamist preachers of hate with pro-Western scholars, writers or activists,60 and reject any military response to Islamism or Islamic jihad.61  Most instead portray Islam as harmless or interesting, and look uncritically upon figures like leading Sunni Islamist Yusuf al-Qaradawi.62 

Considerable grassroots support for Islamism and even violent jihad is visible at the grassroots level in Germany, as evidenced through sporadic rallies in German cities in support of various radical causes.

Islamism and the State: 

Germany has a close and complex relationship with Islamism. From the First World War through the Nazi era and the post-war period, the idea of jihad was intimately interwoven with the German state. The scholar Wolfgang G. Schwanitz has written:

The jihad was the idea of Max von Oppenheim, the German “Abu Jihad.” (…) he designed a master plan at the end of October 1914: “fomenting rebellion in the Islamic territories of our enemies.” The emperor confirmed Oppenheim’s suggestion to incite Muslims to jihad under the leadership of the Ottoman sultan-caliph. This was the plan: The sultan proclaims the jihad against the British, the French, and the Russians. Berlin delivers money, experts, and material.63

Although that jihad did not materialize, German efforts to support Islamism re-emerged during the Third Reich. The grand mufti of Jerusalem, Haj Amin al-Hussaini, was welcomed by Adolf Hitler, financially supported by the Nazi regime, and used Germany as a base from which to communicate anti-Jewish propaganda into the Middle East.64  After 1945, Islam was used both by the Federal Republic of Germany and the U.S. (via the CIA) as a tool against the Soviet Union and its allies during the Cold War.65  As part of this effort, Gerhard von Mende, a former Nazi in the Ostministerium (Department of Eastern Affairs), engaged the services of Muslims like Nurredin Nakibhodscha Namangani, a former imam for the Nazi Schutzstaffel (SS). In 1958, Namangani began a “Mosque Construction Commission” in Munich, which became the starting point for political Islam in post-war Germany (if not the whole of Europe). From the start, however, it was clear—given the ideologies and past histories of those Islamists and their German allies—that anti-Semitism and anti-Western thought would become staples of the ideology thereby promoted. 

Nevertheless, both the government of the Federal Republic and the U.S. intelligence community embraced the use of Islamism as a tool against enemies (like the Soviet Union) during the decades of the Cold War. “If you want to understand the structure of political Islam, you have to look at what happened in Munich,” says historian Stefan Meining, “Munich is the origin of a network that now reaches around the world.”66  Soon, Said Ramadan, the representative of the Muslim Brotherhood in Europe, became part of that mosque project. The Muslim Brotherhood has remained a fixture, albeit an informal one, in German society since.67  

Other Islamist groups have fared less well in Germany, however. Hizb ut-Tahrir, for example, was formally banned on January 10, 2003, a decision that was affirmed at the federal level in January 2006.68  Hezbollah’s dedicated television channel, al-Manar, was proscribed in hotels and coffee shops in Germany on October 29, 2008.69  (However, private households in Germany can still watch it via Saudi and Egyptian satellites). More recently, in August 2010, the al-Quds mosque in Hamburg—a Salafi religious center known to be a significant source of Islamist indoctrination70 —was belatedly shuttered.71  

The German government, for its part, has also attempted to participate in—and to influence—the dialogue over Islam taking place inside the country. In 2006, it established an official “Islam Conference,” which continues to convene several times a year. At this venue, leading Muslim congregations, along with independent activists, authors, and scholars, discuss the relationship of Muslims and German society with German politicians, headed by the Federal Minister of the Interior. This approach has garnered disapproval from critics, who say that the conference itself has been co-opted by its inclusion of Islamists and suspicious groups. These include the German Islam Council (Islamrat für die Bundesrepublik Deutschland e. V., or IRD), which was excluded from the Islam Conference in 2010 due to criminal investigations against some of its members over their ties to Islamism.72 

Additionally, the German government has maintained a permissive policy toward the Islamic Republic of Iran. According to the German Foreign Ministry, in 2012 German exports to Iran declined by 18 percent as compared to the previous year. Imports from Iran during the same period went down by 56 percent. Bilateral trade was some $3.65 billion.73  However, the German-Iranian Trade Organization is optimistic about a rise in trade between the two countries, based on an increase in trade relations that has taken place since February 2013.74 German politicians frequently visit Iran and support the Islamist regime in Tehran.75  Iran still has an embassy in Germany, which proudly proclaims that Iran and Germany share a history of close relations dating back to 1941.76  German officials likewise have failed to ban Hezbollah. Despite considerable pressure from foreign governments (such as that of Israel) and private actors, “Hezbollah remains a legal entity in Germany and its 900 members are active in promoting Iran’s revolutionary Islam,” investigative reporter Benjamin Weinthal has noted.77  

This schizophrenic approach has led leading critics to contend that Germany, despite its role in international counterterrorism efforts (including Coalition operations in Afghanistan), still lacks a real anti-terror strategy.78

Citations: 

[1] The 9/11 Commission Report: Final Report of the National Commission on Terrorist Attacks Upon the United States (New York: WW Norton & Co., 2004).
[2] German Interior Ministry, Verfassungsschutzbericht 2012 [Constitutional Protection Report 2012], June 2013, http://www.verfassungsschutz.de/download/vsbericht-2012-vorabfassung.pdf.
[3] Ibid.
[4] North Rhine Westfalia Interior Ministry, Verfassungsschutzbericht 2005 [Constituional Protection Report 2005, of North Rhine Westfalia], March 20, 2006, http://www.im.nrw.de/imshop/shopdocs/verfassungsschutzbericht_2005.pdf.
[5] German Interior Ministry, Verfassungsschutzbericht 2009.
[6] Thomas Lemmen, Islamische Vereine und Verbände in Deutschland [Islamic Associations and Federations in Germany] (Bonn: Friedrich Ebert Stiftung, 2002), 40. The German name of the group is Islamische Gemeinschaft Milli Görüs e.V.
[7]  “Antisemitische Hetzvideos bei der ‘Islamischen Gemeinschaft Milli Görüs‘ [Antisemitic hate videos of the Islamic Community Milli Görüs]," hamburg.de, July 13, 2006, http://www.hamburg.de/archiv/232516/hetzvideos-igmg-artikel.html.
[8] Ibid.
[9] “Report München,” ARD, February 8, 2010, http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=-Ka6mV0-99M.
[10] Mark Dubowitz and Alexander Ritzmann, “Hezbollah’s German Helpers,” Wall Street Journal, April 16, 2007, http://www.defenddemocracy.org/index.php?option=com_content&task=view&id=11779494&Itemid=0.
[11] Nicholas Kulish, “Despite Alarm by U.S., Europe Lets Hezbollah Operate Openly," New York Times, August 15, 2012, http://www.nytimes.com/2012/08/16/world/europe/hezbollah-banned-in-us-operates-in-europes-public-eye.html.  
[12]  Dubowitz and Ritzmann, “Hezbollah’s German Helpers.”
[13] Alexander Ritzmann, ”Hezbollah Fundraising in Germany Tax-Deductible,“ European Foundation for Democracy EFD Report, July 10, 2009, http://www.europeandemocracy.org/publications/other-publications/efd-report-hezbollah-fundraising-in-germany-tax-deductible.html.
[14] “Hezbollah’s International Reach,” Anti-Defamation League, December 7, 2004, http://www.adl.org/terror/hezbollah_print.asp.
[15] European Parliament, “European Parliament Resolution on the Situation in Lebanon,” Strasbourg, France, March 10, 2005, http://www.europarl.europa.eu/sides/getDoc.do?pubRef=-//EP//TEXT+TA+P6-TA-2005-0076+0+DOC+XML+V0//EN.
[16] Justyna Pawlak, “EU Not Ready for Sanctions Against Hezbollah – EU’s Barroso,” Reuters, March 7, 2013, http://uk.reuters.com/article/2013/03/07/uk-eu-hezbollah-idUKBRE92612B20130307.
[17] Thorsen Jungholt, “Außenexperten – Hisbollah muss auf EU-Terrorliste [External experts – Put Hezbollah on the EU’s Terror List],” Die Welt, February 11, 2013, http://www.welt.de/politik/deutschland/article113524201/Aussenexperten-Hisbollah-muss-auf-EU-Terrorliste.html.
[18] Kulish, “Despite Alarm by U.S., Europe Lets Hezbollah Operate Openly.”
[19]  Michal Shmulovich, “Hezbollah Drone Reportedly Manufactured on Germant," Times of Israel, October 17, 2012, http://www.timesofisrael.com/hezbollahs-drone-reportedly-manufactured-in-germany-and-sold-to-iran-lebanese-paper-reports/.
[20] German Interior Ministry, Verfassungsschutzbericht 2009.
[21] Benjamin Weinthal, “Germany Bans IHH for Hamas Links,” Jerusalem Post, July 12, 2010, http://www.jpost.com/SpecialSection/Article.aspx?ID=181187.
[22] "Milli Görüs und die Hamas. ‘Einfluss auf 60.000 Muslime‘ [Milli Görüs and Hamas. ‘Influence on some 60.000 Muslims‘]," Tageszeitung (Berlin), July 14, 2010, http://www.taz.de/1/politik/deutschland/artikel/1/direkter-einfluss-auf-60-000-muslime/.
[23] German Interior Ministry, Verfassungsschutzbericht 2009.
[24] Ibid.
[25] Ibidem.
[26] Ibidem; For possible ties of WAMY to al-Qaeda, see “Al Qaeda linked World Assembly of Muslim Youth (WAMY) Jihad through Da'wa group working with Novib/Oxfam on Somali 'educational' initiatives,” Militant Islam Monitor, October 16, 2006, http://www.militantislammonitor.org/article/id/2473.
[27] Ian Johnson, Statement before the Human Rights Caucus of the U.S. House of Representatives, February 9, 2006, http://www.aifdemocracy.org/policy-issues.php?id=1727; See also Lorenzo Vidino, “The Muslim Brotherhood's Conquest of Europe,” Middle East Quarterly, Winter 2005, 25-34.
[28] German Interior Ministry, Verfassungsschutzbericht 2009.
[29]  Kai Hirschmann, “Der Jihadismus: Ideologie, Organisation und Bekämpfungsmöglichkeiten [The Jihadists: Ideology, organization and fighting capabilities],“ in Kurt Graulich and Dieter Simon, eds., Terrorismus und Rechtsstaatlichkeit. Analysen, Handlungsoptionen, Perspektiven [Terrorism and rule of law. Analyses, action options, perspectives] (Berlin: Akademie Verlag, 2007), 99-121, 114.
[30] For a more detailed analysis of the group members, see Rolf Clement and Paul Elmar Jöris, Die Terroristen von nebenan. Gotteskrieger aus Deutschland [The terrorists from next door: Holy warriors from Germany] (Munich/Zurich: Piper, 2010); Radio Deutschlandfunk, May 12, 2009, http://www.dradio.de/download/104169/.
[31] Yassin Musharbash and Matthias Gebauer, “De Maizière warnt vor Anschlag in Deutschland [De Maizière warns of attack in Germany],“ Der Spiegel (Hamburg), November 17, 2010, http://www.spiegel.de/politik/deutschland/0,1518,729603,00.html.
[32] Ibid.
[33] “Islamist Raids: German Police Shoot Down Model Plane Terror Plot,” Der Spiegel (Munich), June 25, 2013, http://www.spiegel.de/international/germany/german-police-suspect-remote-controlled-airplane-terror-plot-a-907756.html.  
[34]  German Interior Ministry, Verfassungsschutzbericht 2009.
[35] Ibid.
[36] Ibidem.
[37] Ibid.
[38] Ralph Ghadban, lecture, Aalen, Germany, May 5, 2010.
[39] Author’s correspondence with Ralph Ghadban, November 2010.
[40] Ralph Ghadban, lecture.
[41] Ibid.
[42] Author’s correspondence with German Islamism expert Claudia Dantschke, Berlin, Germany, April 2011.
[43] Claudia Dantschke, Muslime – Ihre Einrichtungen und Vereine im Berliner Bezirk Neukölln. Überblick über die Strukturen und ihre religiösen sowie politischen Ausrichtungen. Eine Handreichung für die Jugendarbeit [Muslims - mechanisms and associations in the Berlin district of Neukölln. Overview of the structures and their religious as well as political adjustments.] (Berlin: Zentrum Demokratische Kultur, 2009), 44. For an overview about the Gülen Movement and its ideology see ibid, 42-45.
[44] TV Program Exakt, June 26, 2013, http://www.mdr.de/exakt/guelen_bewegung100.html.
[45] Verfassungsschutzbericht 2011, S. 251, http://www.verfassungsschutz.de/download/vsbericht-2011.pdf.
[46] Ibid.
[47] “Islamisten-Szene: Polizei startet Großrazzia gegen Salafisten“ Der Spiegel (Munich), March 13, 2013, http://www.spiegel.de/politik/deutschland/islamisten-szene-polizei-startet-grossrazzia-gegen-salafisten-vereine-a-888548.html.
[48] Verfassungsschutzbericht 2011, 226.
[49] Ibid, 255.
[50] “Lebenslänglich für Frankfurter Flughafenattentäter,“ Focus Online, February 10, 2012,  http://www.focus.de/politik/deutschland/islamistischer-anschlag-lebenslang-fuer-frankfurter-flughafenattentaeter-_aid_712754.html.
[51] “Fundamentalisten attackieren Polizisten [Fundamentalists attack police],“ Frankfurter Rundschau, May 5, 2012, http://www.fr-online.de/politik/salafisten-und-pro-nrw-in-bonn--fundamentalisten-attackieren-polizisten,1472596,15175658.html.
[52] “Sechs Jahre Haft wegen Messerattacke auf Polizisten [Six years in prison for knife attack on Police], Suddeutche.de, October 19, 2012, http://www.sueddeutsche.de/politik/urteil-im-salafisten-prozess-sechs-jahre-haft-wegen-messerattacke-auf-polizisten-1.1500555.
[53] Anna Reimann, “Islamismus in Deutcheland: Innenminister Friedrich verbietet Salafistenverein [Islamism in Germany: Interior Minister Freidrich prohibits Salafists],” Der Spiegel (Munich), June 14, 2012, http://www.spiegel.de/politik/deutschland/salafisten-verbot-friedrich-verbietet-millatu-ibrahim-a-838592.html.
[54] Reiner Burger, “Anschlag auf „Pro-NRW“-Chef verhindert [Attack on „Pro NRW“ Chief],“ Franfurter Allemeine Zeitung, March 13, 2013, http://www.faz.net/aktuell/politik/inland/schlag-gegen-salafisten-anschlag-auf-pro-nrw-chef-verhindert-12112847.html.    
[55] Pew Research Center, Muslim Networks and Movements in Western Europe, September 15, 2010, http://features.pewforum.org/muslim/number-of-muslims-in-western-europe.html. France is a possible exception in this regard. However, French laws outlawing formal surveys of citizens by confession make an authoritative determination currently impossible.
[56] Sonja Haug, Stephanie Müssig and Anja Stichs, Muslim Life in Germany. A study conducted on behalf of the German Conference on Islam (Nuremberg: Federal Office for Migration and Refugees, 2009), 76, http://www.bamf.de/SharedDocs/Anlagen/EN/Migration/Publikationen/Forschung/Forschungsberichte/fb6-muslimisches-leben,templateId=raw,property=publicationFile.pdf/fb6-muslimisches-leben.pdf.
[57] „Staatsbürgerschaftsrecht. Reform verabschiedet [New law on citizenship passed],” Der Spiegel (Hamburg), May 7, 1999, http://www.spiegel.de/politik/deutschland/a-21229.html.
[58] Conference of the Center for Research on Antisemitism, Technical University Berlin, Berlin, Germany, December 8, 2008, http://zfa.kgw.tu-berlin.de/feindbild_muslim_feindbild_islam.pdf.
[59] The Berlin Center for Research on Antisemitism (ZfA) equated the situation of Jews in the late 19th century with the situation of Muslims today in Germany at a conference dedicated to that topic on December 8, 2008 (see footnote above). See Clemens Heni, “Antisemitism is not the same as Islamophobia,” Jerusalem Post, December 3, 2008, http://www.jpost.com/Opinion/Op-EdContributors/Article.aspx?id=122938.
[60] A leading voice in equating critics of Islamism with Islamists is historian Wolfgang Benz (head of the above mentioned Berlin Center for Research on Antisemitism (ZfA) from 1990-2011), see his article “Hetzer mit Parallelen. Antisemiten des 19. Jahrhunderts und manche "Islamkritiker" des 21. Jahrhunderts arbeiten mit ähnlichen Mitteln an ihrem Feindbild.  [Agitators with Parallels. Anti-Semitism in the 19th Century and some „critics of Islam“ in the 21st century use similar tools in portraying their concepts of enemies],“ Süddeutsche Zeitung (Munich), January 4, 2010, http://www.sueddeutsche.de/politik/antisemiten-und-islamfeinde-hetzer-mit-parallelen-1.59486. For Benz and the failure of German (and Western) academia to analyze and confront Islamism see now Clemens Heni: Antisemitism: A Specific Phenomenon. Holocaust Trivialization – Islamism – Post-colonial and Cosmopolitan anti-Zionism, Berlin: Edition Critic 2013 [648 pages].
[61] See the German role in the debate about Islam and the West, David Blankenhorn et al., The Islam/West Debate: Documents from a Global Debate on Terrorism, U.S. Policy, and the Middle East (Lanham, MD: Rowman & Littlefield Publishers, 2005).
[62] Qaradawi has been portrayed as “moderate” in the German political discourse because he rejects suicide bombing as long as it is not aimed at Jews and Israel. Heni 2013, op. cit. For an overview on German Islamic Studies after 9/11 see Clemens Heni, Schadenfreude. Islamforschung und Antisemitismus in Deutschland nach 9/11 [Schadenfreude. Islamic Studies and antisemitism in Germany after 9/11] (published by The Berlin International Center for the Study of Antisemitism (BICSA), Berlin: Edition Critic 2011, [410 pages]).
[63] Wolfgang G. Schwanitz, The German Middle Eastern Policy, 1871-1945 (Berlin: Trafoberlin, 2004), http://www.trafoberlin.de/pdf-dateien/German%20Middle%20Eastern%20Policy.pdf 
[64] Jeffrey Herf, Nazi Propaganda for the Arab World (New Haven: Yale University Press, 2009), 259-286.
[65] Ian Johnson, The Beachhead: How a Mosque for Ex-Nazis Became Center of Radical Islam. “Documents Reveal Triumph by Muslim Brotherhood in Postwar Munich,” Wall Street Journal, July 12, 2005.
[66] Ibid.
[67] Ibid; See also Ian Johnson, A Mosque in Munich: Nazis, the CIA, and the Rise of the Muslim Brotherhood in the West (Boston and New York: Houghton Mifflin Harcourt, 2010); see also the new monograph of Stefan Meining, Eine Moschee in Deutschland. Nazis, Geheimdienste und der Aufstieg des politischen Islam im Westen, Munich: C.H. Beck 2011 [Nazis, Secret Sevices, and the rise of political Islam in the West].
[68] See Decision by German Federal Administrative Court, January 25, 2006, http://lexetius.com/2006,604?version=drucken.
[69] John Rosenthal, “Germany Does Not Ban Hezbollah TV,” Pajamas Media, November 26, 2008, http://pajamasmedia.com/blog/germany-does-not-ban-hezbollah-tv/?singlepage=true.
[70] “Salafistisches Islamseminar in der Taiba - Moschee (ehemals Al-Quds-Moschee) vom 09.-11.04.2010 [Salafist Islam seminar in Taliba mosque (former al-Quds-mosque) in Hamburg, April 9-11, 2010],” hamburg.de, April 28, 2010, http://www.hamburg.de/schlagzeilen/2231544/salafismusseminar-fhh-hamburg.html.
[71] “Die 9/11-Moschee ist dicht [9/11 mosque in Hamburg has been shut down],” Tageszeitung (Berlin), August 9, 2010, http://www.taz.de/1/leben/alltag/artikel/1/beruehmte-moschee-ist-dicht/.
[72] Statement by the Organizers of the German Islam Conference, May 15, 2010, http://www.deutsche-islam-konferenz.de/cln_117/nn_1319098/SubSites/DIK/DE/DieDIK/NeueTeilnehmer/neue-teilnehmer-node.html?__nnn=true.
[73] Auswartiges Amt, “Relations with Germany,” n.d., http://www.auswaertiges-amt.de/DE/Aussenpolitik/Laender/Laenderinfos/Iran/Bilateral_node.html.  
[74] Deutsch-Iranische Handelskammer, “German Exports to Iran Rise Again,” May 23, 2013, http://www.dihkev.de/de/news/4228-Deutsche-Exporte-nach-Iran-steigen-wieder-an.
[75] See, for example, Matthias Küntzel, "Vom 'kritischen' zum kriecherischen Dialog. Deutsche Kulturpolitiker in Teheran [From criticism to critical dialogue: German culture politicians in Tehran]," November 5, 2010, http://www.matthiaskuentzel.de/contents/vom-kritischen-zum-kriecherischen-dialog.
[76] See the Homepage of the Iranian Embassy in Germany, Überblick über die bilateralen Beziehungen zwischen der Islamischen Republik Iran und der Bundesrepublik Deutschland, [Overview on the bilateral relations of the Islamic Republic of Iran and the Federal Republic of Germany] http://www.iranembassy.de/ger/political_relations.htm  (accessed April 13, 2011).
[77] Benjamin Weinthal, “Why is Germany Playing Down Radical Islam?” Weekly Standard, October 13, 2010, http://www.weeklystandard.com/blogs/why-germany-playing-down-radical-islam_508630.html 
[78] Guido Steinberg, Im Visier von al-Qaida: Deutschland braucht eine Anti-Terror-Strategie [In the Sights of Al-Qaeda: Germany Needs an Anti-Terror Strategy] (Hamburg: edition Körber Stiftung, n.d.), http://www.koerber-stiftung.de/fileadmin/user_upload/edition/pdf/leseproben/978-3-89684-139-1_001-012_01.pdf.