Half Of Turks In Germany Consider Islam To Be Above State Law

Jacob Bojesson | Foreign Correspondent

A survey of 1,200 Turks in Germany found almost half consider Islamic law to be above state law.

Germany has 2.7 million people of Turkish origin, making it largest minority demographic. Almost half of the people surveyed, 47 percent, agreed with this statement: “Following the tenets of my religion is more important to me than the laws of the land in which I live.”

Half of all respondents said Islam is the only true religion and 36 percent said Islam is the only thing that can solve current problems in society.

The authors of the study, conducted by the University of Munster, were surprised by the findings, especially since 87 percent said they feel closely or very closely connected to Germany. (RELATED: Poll: Half Of Germans Now Feel Like Strangers In Their Own Country)

“We didn’t expect that,” Detlef Pollack, spokesman for the University of Munster, said during the presentation of the study, according to Deutsche Welle. “If you compare Turkish immigrants with East Germans, you see that East Germans feel they’ve been treated more unfairly in reunified Germany than Turkish immigrants do.”

A worrying point of the study, according to Pollack, is that 7 percent think violence is justified if the aim is to expand Islam. (RELATED: Majority Of Germans Don’t Think There Is A Place For Islam In Society)

“You have to take this seriously,” Pollack said. “The willingness to accept violence is significantly high. This is, of course, also a sounding board for the preparation of violent acts.”

The authors estimate 13 percent of Turks in Germany are religious fundamentalists based on the findings.

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