conflict & communication online, Vol. 17, No. 2, 2018
ISSN 1618-0747




Sarah Demmrich & Michael Blume
Non-religiousness and “religious indecisiveness” among Turkish migrants in Germany. A first description

The topic of non-religiosity among migrants of Turkish origin is often overshadowed by debates of Islam and integration, although Turkey has a long history of non-religious, secular positions. The present study found in a representative survey among migrants of Turkish origin in Germany (N = 1201, 51.5 % male) that 12.4 % consider themselves as ‘little religious’ or ‘non-religious’ and additional 10.3 % as ‘neither religious nor non-religious’, whereby the latter group takes a religious middle position. In contrast to highly religious migrants of Turkish origin, it could be shown that patriarchal-authoritarian and endogame family structures take important key functions in the religious, esp. Muslim socialization. Furthermore, non-religiosity and acculturation strategies are related to each other; however, belonging to the first versus second/third generation of migrants has a much stronger impact on acculturation. Finally, acculturation of less or non-religious individuals is emphasized as an important future topic of migration research.


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The authors:
Sarah Demmrich (married Kaboğan), Dr. phil., Dipl.-Psych., is a scientific assistant at the Chair in Soziology of Religion at the University of Münster, Germany. Her fields of interest include religion psychology in Turkey, and Turkish migrants in Germany.

Michael Blume, Dr. phil., is a scholar of religious studies, and teaches professional and media ethics at the Karlsruhe Institute of Technology (KIT). He is head of division in the Ministry of State Baden-Württemberg. In his volume „Islam in der Krise. Eine Weltreligion zwischen Radikalisierung und stillem Rückzug“ (Patmos 2017), he recently adverted to processes of secularisation among Muslims.