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The Claim-making of the Islamist Hizb-ut-Tahrir and the Radical Right-wing party NPD in the Federal Republic of Germany

Hedayat, Ali (2012) The Claim-making of the Islamist Hizb-ut-Tahrir and the Radical Right-wing party NPD in the Federal Republic of Germany. Advisor: Andreatta, Prof. Massimiliano. pp. 213. [IMT PhD Thesis]

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Abstract

The events of September 11th 2001 increased the attention of Western public towards religious activism in Germany. In fact, this country had become a shelter for radicalized Islamic activists involved in the terrorist attacks. At the same time, the growing domestic violence performed by organized right-wing activists urged the German state to increase pressure on the German right-wing movement. In part, these attacks were related to a terrorist cell called National Socialist Underground (NSU). This cell is said to be closely related to the National Democratic Party of Germany (Nationaldemokratische Partei Deutschlands, hereinafter NPD). Since then, the public debate about migration, Islam and the German society has undergone significant changes while the government of the Federal Republic has become interested in controlling and labeling each protest movement, whichever their affiliation may be, left, right or religious. In the case of the Islamist movement Hizb-ut-tahrir (Party of Liberation), this resulted in the banning of its activities from the country. The NPD, although still legal, barely survived an authority ban attempt in 2003. The dissertation’s main research question is how repression by the state affects the Protest mobilization, in particular public communication, of the Right-wing and the Islamist movements. More specifically, the goal is to see how these movements mobilize within changing conditions of the political environment, namely in the presence, or absence, of a more or less serious possibility of legal banning, which obviously would exert a significant deal of pressure on the movement. The claim-making that the Islamist and radical right-wing movement address to the public and their adherents constitutes the unit of analysis of this thesis. In order to define these claims, it is necessary to document protest claims and actions within the selected time frame, which covers the period between 2000 and 2011. The data set is mainly consisting of publications, articles and documents released by both movements.

Item Type: IMT PhD Thesis
Subjects: J Political Science > JA Political science (General)
PhD Course: Political Science and Institutional Change
Identification Number: 10.6092/imtlucca/e-theses/96
Date Deposited: 16 Apr 2013 13:27
URI: http://e-theses.imtlucca.it/id/eprint/96

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