Matthias Kortmann

Matthias Kortmann
Technische Universität Dortmund | TUD · Department of Philosophy and Political Science

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Publications (20)
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Applying a qualitative framing analysis, this paper examines narratives of the right-wing populist parties Alternative for Germany (AfD) and the Party for Freedom (PVV) in the Netherlands on religion. The paper argues that references of these populist parties to religion can be interpreted against the background of specific national context factors...
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This paper asks whether Germany’s main right-wing Populist Party, the AfD, filled a representation gap on the issue of Muslim immigration and integration and the role of Islam. We shed light on this question by analysing more than 575 manifestos from all 116 elections on the state and federal level between 1990 and 2017. A quantitative text analysi...
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What influences parties’ issue attention towards immigration and integration? This study provides answers to this question by focusing on the party competition at the regional level in Germany, a country that has been strongly affected by the refugee crisis. Building on a novel data set which covers altogether 510 electoral manifestos during 108 fe...
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This paper deals in a qualitative discourse analysis with the role of Islamic organizations in welfare delivery in Germany and the Netherlands. Referring to Jonathan Fox's “secular–religious competition perspective”, the paper argues that similar trends of exclusion of Islamic organizations from public social service delivery can be explained with...
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Abstract This paper examines what influences the views of governmental and Islamic actors in consultations on the integration of Islam in Germany and the Netherlands. Disentangling institutionalist and constructivist assumptions within the concept of political opportunity structures and employing a content analysis of primary documents and intervie...
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Triggered by the Employment Equality Directive 2000/78/EC, member states have reformed their equal treatment laws, including exemptions for religious organisations which allow them to lay off employees who allegedly act contrary the organisations’ ‘ethos’. However, whereas in some countries, churches have managed to defend these exemptions; elsewhe...
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Anfang November 2011 wurde bekannt, dass eine rechtsextreme terroristische Vereinigung namens „Nationalsozialistischer Untergrund“ (NSU) in Deutschland für eine Mordserie mit mindestens elf Opfern verantwortlich ist. Neun Opfer dieser rechtsextremistischen Anschläge waren Gewerbetreibende mit türkischem bzw. in einem Fall mit griechischem Migration...
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This article utilizes an analytical framework that examines the differences in the organizational forms and strategies of Islamic organizations with reference to both internal and external factors affecting the organization, such as internal organizational characteristics and national and transnational political opportunity structures. This perspec...
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This article focuses on the perceptions of Muslim immigrants regarding what might constitute ‘successful integration’ into two Western European countries: Germany and the Netherlands. I conducted qualitative interviews with representatives from Muslim umbrella organisations and reviewed their publications to analyse their definitions of ‘integratio...
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The political discourse on Islam in Germany has intensified in the twenty-first century, with the result that Islamic umbrella organizations have increasingly been involved in political processes. This paper describes how these organizations have responded to this change in the discourse and to their new role as points of contact for political acto...
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This volume explores the variety of forms, strategies and practices of Islamic organizations in Europe and the United States. It focuses on the reactions of organized Muslims at local, national, and transnational levels to the on-going debates on their integration into society and the structures of state-church relations.
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This volume has given some insight into the extraordinary variety of forms, strategies, and practices of organization Muslims use to participate in the political arena and to exercise their faith in non-Muslim contexts. Islamic organizations have been shown to face the challenge of having to operate in heterogeneous local, national, and even transn...
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As of 2010, there were 43.49 million Muslims living in the 50 nationstates associated with the European continent, and 2.77 million in the USA (PEW, 2012). Since the beginning of the century, questions surrounding the integration of Muslims into society and the inclusion of their organizations in the structures of state-church relations in non-Musl...
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In this article Leo and Jan Lucassen's analysis in Wmnaars en verliezers [Winners and losers] of 500 years of immigration to the Netherlands is reviewed with regard to possible conclusions for the neighbouring country, Germany. Particularly since the recent migration history in both countries has been very similar, the authors' disentanglement of c...
Conference Paper
Muslim organizations in Germany are not yet officially recognized as religious corporations according to public law despite various attempts to obtain this status which would grant them both legal rights and public legitimacy. Since the 1980s, this collective struggle for public recognition has been spearheaded by the main Muslim umbrella organiz...
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This article focuses on the question of how national integration policies and regimes of religious governance in Germany and the Netherlands shape political opportunity structures for organized Muslim migrants. The impact of these opportunity structures is analyzed by looking at the self-portrayal of (primarily Turkish) Muslim organizations in the...
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Wie bereits in der Einleitung dieses Bandes ausgeführt stellte der Wandel des politischen Integrationsdiskurses in Deutschland im Verlaufe des ersten Jahrzehnts des 21. Jahrhundert eine besondere Herausforderung für die Migrantenverbände dar. Während die Frage der Integration von Migranten sich immer stärker auf die Frage der Integration der Muslim...

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This project analyzes the relationship between populism, religion and secularism by pursueing a perspective that goes beyond the Western focus as it includes case studies not only from countries that have been shaped by Christianity (such as Germany, the Netherlands and Poland) but also from predominantly Muslim (Indonesia and Turkey) as well as Jewish (Israel) societies. By collecting this range of cases, we want to reveal patterns of populists’ use of religious and secular narratives for identity construction across countries that have largely been influenced by one of the three Abrahamic religions.
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This research project analyses the conflict between religion and secularism in West European party competition since the beginning of the 21st century against the background of religious pluralization during the last 20 years. The main question is to what extent actor constellations along the religious-secular party-political cleavage have been characterized by continuity or change. In this context, the focus is on party conflicts which refer to the legitimacy of a public and political role of religion(s). Furthermore, the project examines how these conflicts also re-flect (re)negotiations about national cultural identities and the role religion(s) and/or secularity are supposed to play as identity markers. The project employs both quantitative and qualitative methodology examining, first, to what extent issue attention towards these issues has changed during the period considered, and second, what positions involved (members of) parties have held over time. Moreover, the project chooses a comparative approach analyzing how party competition on ‘religion and secularism’ has differed in Germany, the Netherlands, Sweden, and the United Kingdom, thus in four countries with divergent relevant context factors. Whereas, all of these countries have been confronted with increasing religious pluralization since 2000, the process of secularization has advanced cross-nationally to a different extent. Furthermore, the countries differ regarding the traditional role of the religious-secular cleavage as well as the sig-nificance of right-wing populist parties in their party systems.
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The aim of the project is to explore, by means of a comparative analysis, the extent to which the role of religious organizations in welfare policy has changed in the states of Denmark, France, Great Britain, Germany and Austria - especially in the context of the immigration processes of recent years. The comparative research design is intended to explore commonalities and differences with regard to the socio-political role and self-perception of religious actors against the background of divergent institutional frameworks, such as the different state-church models and welfare state arrangements. For example, how does the socio-political role of religious actors in more secular systems (France) differ from that in a country with a state church (Denmark)? And what influence do liberal welfare states (Great Britain) have on the position of religious organizations in welfare compared to continental European welfare states (Germany, Austria)?