Islam is a monotheistic religion. Its adherents are called Muslims, most of which are either Sunni (75 to 90 percent) or Shia (10 to 20 percent).
The Koran is its main religious text. The sunnah, comprising accounts called hadith of the prophet Muhammad, are also followed by most Muslims. About 13 percent of Muslims live in Indonesia, 25 percent in South Asia, 20 percent in the Middle East and 15 percent in Sub-Saharan Africa. This page is an automatic compilation of DW content.
France, Western Europe's largest exporter of jihadists to conflicts in the Middle East, has been slow to create programs to fight the powerful lure of radical Islam at home. That’s changing - but maybe not fast enough. The homegrown attacks in France over the past two years are a case in point. Lisa Bryant takes a look at new efforts to turn the tide.
In March, the Netherlands will be heading to the voting booth and at the moment a far-right anti-immigrant politician is leading in the polls. He is strongly against Islam holding sway in European society, and he's been nicknamed the 'Dutch Donald Trump.' Lauren Frayer traveled to the Netherlands to meet Geert Wilders and find out more.
That authorities will deploy 1,500 police officers in Cologne on New Year's Eve is proof that the German way of life has been compromised. Political Islam continues to pose a big threat, says DW's Shamil Shams.
There have been protests in Hungary after a town passed a decree banning Muslims from practicing their faith in public. It's also forbidden homosexual "propaganda" and open displays of affection between people of the same sex. The mayor of Ásotthalom, who's also vice president of Hungary's far-right Jobbik party, says he wants to set an example for all municipalities. Stefan Bos reports.
A court in Amsterdam has found Geert Wilders, a populist anti-Islam Dutch parliamentarian, guilty of discrimination against Moroccans. Wilders is a controversial far-right politician, who is leading in opinion polls ahead of the next year's general elections.