This study examines the discrepancy between Western and Islamic values as put forth in the Danish popular sphere by the Danish political centre-right in the time frame immediately following the Charlie Hebdo attacks: January 7 - February 7, 2015. In order to achieve this, the study analyses articles published in the Danish newspapers Berlingske Tidende, Ekstra Bladet, Jyllands-Posten and Kristeligt Dagblad and compare them with modern Islamist thought by and about seminal Muslim Brotherhood founder and reputed scholar, Hasan al-Banna. The study extrapolates four main tendencies in the news coverage: First, Islam is an inherently violent theology, second, Islam threatens freedom of speech, third, Islam threatens internal social cohesion in Denmark, and fourth, Islam is theologically regressive.
The study then attempts to understand and clear up the conflict of values by drawing on writings by philosopher Søren Holm as well as contemporary Muslim reformers, Ayaan Hirsi Ali and Tariq Ramadan. The study concludes that the conflict of values is neither due to diverse cultural misunderstandings nor lone terrorist delinquents. Rather, the conflict of values between the West and Islam, as presented by the Danish centre-right, roots itself in a fundamental difference of worldviews. Muslims put their existential trust in God, the Prophet and the Qur’an whereas Danes put their trust in the values stemming from the European Enlightenment, particularly the ideal of the secularized democracy. According to the centre-right, unless the Muslims are prepared to assimilate and not let Islam influence the norms and goals for society as a whole, Muslim people are incompatible with Danish society.
|Uddannelser||Historie, (Bachelor/kandidatuddannelse) Bachelor|
|Udgivelsesdato||20 dec. 2016|
|Vejledere||Claus Bundgård Christensen|
- Hasan al-Banna
- Politiseret islam
- Danske værdier