In Germany, Quran distribution networks are being more closely monitored. Under the pretext of explaining the religion of Islam, they’re said to be in fact recruiting new terrorists.
A German court has sentenced Salafist Sven Lau, who is accused of recruiting jihadis to fight in Syria, to five-and-a-half years in prison. Lau, who converted to Islam in his teens, is also sending money to Islamists.
A British study has found that Saudi Arabia plays a key role in the radicalization of Muslims. The Wahhabi influence, fueled by oil money, can be seen in Germany as well, says researcher Susanne Schröter.
Young people, mostly from immigrant backgrounds, are working for a Cologne initiative fighting religious fanaticism. They want to combat the radicalization of others of their age group by coming together as peers.
Hijab stores in Germany have been making headlines recently after reports that they serve as stepping stones to extremism. Through clothing, they propagate a subculture that promotes patriarchy and Islamic extremism.
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