″#Muslim youngsters need genuine role models″

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″Muslim youngsters need genuine role models″ ~ Claudia Mende  interviews Dr. Ingrid Mattson, Qantara.de 04.11.2015. 

Muslim youngsters are often unsure as to the real nature of Islam. They need role models within their own communities who are prepared to stand up with self-confidence to extremist ideologies. Ingrid Mattson, a Canadian scholar in Islamic Studies and former president of the largest Muslim organisation in Northern America, spoke to Claudia Mende.

Mrs Mattson, what are the main challenges for American Muslims engaged in institution building?

Ingrid Mattson: In the US the diversity of the American Muslim community is both a source of strength and of weakness. It is its principal strength because it allows for a lot of creative thinking. It promotes dialogue, it forces people to confront their assumptions on how Islam should be lived, it works against conformity. On the other hand, it also makes it difficult…

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