The German government is meeting Muslim community leaders amid a furore over the cancellation of a Mozart opera deemed offensive to Muslims. The Islam conference in Berlin is an attempt to improve the integration of Germany’s three million Muslims. It was overshadowed by the row over the opera Idomeneo.
The Center for Turkish Studies in Essen sees an upcoming Islam Summit as an opportunity to improve the religion’s standing in Germany. Director Faruk Sen shared his thoughts with Deutsche Welle. The discussion on Islamic terrorism in the past several years has raised interest in Islam, said Faruk Sen, director of the Center for Turkish Studies in Essen, but attention has been limited to security matters, even though the overwhelming majority of Germany’s 3.5 million Muslims have nothing to do with terrorism.