Germany’s first Muslim-Christian kindergarten: Temporalities multiplicities and processes in interreligious dialogue

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Abstract

Drawing on fieldwork in the Northern German town of Gifhorn, the article analyses the negotiation process of Germany's first Muslim-Christian kindergarten during its inception and consolidation phase between 2007 and 2020. Through the reconstruction of the kindergarten case, the study informs the literature on interreligious dialogue and governance of religious diversity from a local perspective. A temporal analysis is used for the study of dialogue to capture changing views and positions of different stakeholders during shifting opportunity structures, including the rise of far-right populism and deteriorating political relations between Germany and Turkey. Hence, the kindergarten, which mirrors Germanys' national policy framework of institutionalizing Islam through treaties and dialogue cooperation, can be seen as a stage on which local negotiations and interreligious dynamics play out, uncovering complex intersections within the local, national, and international arena of politics.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)578-595
Number of pages18
JournalSocial Compass
Volume69
Issue number4
Early online date28 Mar 2022
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - 30 Dec 2022

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