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Muslims in Germany: Life in a Parallel Society - International - SPIEGEL ONLINE - News

In Germany, Islam is often equated with fundamentalism and fanaticism, a perception that imposes a heavy burden on the country's 3 million Muslims. Their relationship to Western society is divided between integration and sometimes self-imposed exclusion.

 Friday prayers: Hamburg's central mosque in the St. Georg neighborhood is the most important gathering place for the city's estimated 130,000 Muslims.

The name of the salon is German -- Goldene Finger (Golden Fingers) -- but the services it offers are listed in the window in Arabic and Turkish. In the front of the shop, 40-year-old Palestinian Toufic al-Rifae gives men haircuts and trims their beards. Veiled women disappear into a back section behind a curtain, where female hairdressers do their hair and, using thick lines of the traditional Middle Eastern cosmetic preparation known as kohl, apply their makeup in the Arab style.

by Fran on Thu Apr 17th, 2008 at 12:47:20 AM EST
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