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Half of Turkish Germans hold Islam above state law
by Jörg Luyken
A wide-ranging new study by the University of Münster shows that Germany's Turkish community still has very conservative views on the role of religion in society.
The survey provides an often contradictory picture of social attitudes among Germany's 2.7 million people of Turkish origin.
A total of 47 percent of the 1,201 respondents said that "following the tenets of my religion is more important to me than the laws of the land in which I live."
But the study also reveals that this viewpoint is much more firmly held by the first generation (57 percent agreement) - Turks who emigrated to Germany - than by their offspring (36 percent agreement among 2nd and 3rd generation Turks).
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