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Undergraduate Course: Germany and Islam (ELCG09009)

Course Outline
SchoolSchool of Literatures, Languages and Cultures CollegeCollege of Humanities and Social Science
Course typeStandard AvailabilityAvailable to all students
Credit level (Normal year taken)SCQF Level 9 (Year 3 Undergraduate) Credits20
Home subject areaEuropean Languages and Cultures - German Other subject areaNone
Course website None Taught in Gaelic?No
Course descriptionThis option looks into the perceptions and self-perceptions of Muslims in contemporary Germany. Germany has only recently come to view itself as a country of immigration. This is rather surprising , considering that Germany¿s largest migrant group, Turks, have been in the country for over fifty years. We will discuss questions of migration and integration as well as those of nationality and other cultural concerns by analysing a variety of texts (essays, novels, films, plays). We will pay particular attention to the role of Islam, something which has spurred numerous discussions in German political, public, and cultural life. The course begins with an overview of post-war migration to Germany and an exploration of key concepts such as multiculturalism. Although we will approach the texts from different angles ((im)migration, nationality ¿ transnationality, gender, ethnicity, exoticism, religion, language, multiculturalism), we will see that there are a number of thematic overlaps.
Entry Requirements (not applicable to Visiting Students)
Pre-requisites Co-requisites
Prohibited Combinations Other requirements None
Additional Costs books
Information for Visiting Students
Pre-requisitesVisiting Students should have the equivalent of at least two years of study at University level of the appropriate language(s) and culture(s).
Displayed in Visiting Students Prospectus?Yes
Course Delivery Information
Delivery period: 2013/14 Semester 1, Available to all students (SV1) Learn enabled:  No Quota:  None
Web Timetable Web Timetable
Course Start Date 16/09/2013
Breakdown of Learning and Teaching activities (Further Info) Total Hours: 200 ( Lecture Hours 22, Summative Assessment Hours 2, Programme Level Learning and Teaching Hours 4, Directed Learning and Independent Learning Hours 172 )
Additional Notes
Breakdown of Assessment Methods (Further Info) Written Exam 50 %, Coursework 50 %, Practical Exam 0 %
Exam Information
Exam Diet Paper Name Hours:Minutes
Main Exam Diet S1 (December)1:30
Summary of Intended Learning Outcomes
Students will develop a critical understanding of German culture beyond the notion of Germany as a homogenous society. They will increase their knowledge of German literature, German history and current issues, and some theoretical issues, and become aware of the major themes in (post-)migration literature (in a European context). Students will also be able to use literary theory as a tool to analyse literature and to recognise the similarities and differences between different genres and the way they engage with particular themes.
Assessment Information
Coursework essay (2-2,500 words) 50%, degree exam (1.5 hours) 50%. Students are normally asked to do a presentation in class.
Special Arrangements
Additional Information
Academic description Not entered
Syllabus session 1: Introductory Session: Migration in Germany and Beyond
session 2: Navid Kermani, Wer ist wir? Deutschland und seine Muslime
session 3: Zafer Senocak, Das Land hinter den Buchstaben: Deutschland und der Islam im Umbruch
session 4: Feridun Zaimoglu, Leyla I: Turkey and Migration
session 5: Feridun Zaimoglu, Leyla II: Future Gastarbeiterinnen
session 6: Angelina Maccarone, Fremde Haut I: Nationality ¿ Transnationality; Gender ¿ Transgender
session 7: Navid Kermani, Kurzmitteilung: Ethnicity and Exoticism
session 8: Feridun Zaimoglu, Schwarze Jungfrauen: Religion and Gender
session 9: Samadi Ahadi, Salami Aleikum: Happy Multiculturalism?
session 10: Closing Session: Where are we now? Summary and discussion of current issues.
Transferable skills advanced analytical, comparative and communicative skills

advanced presentational skills and ability to work collaboratively as part of a group
Reading list Primary texts
Navid Kermani, Wer ist wir? Deutschland und seine Muslime (Munich: C. H. Beck, 2009)

Navid Kermani, Kurzmitteilung (Zurich: Ammann, 2007)

Angelina Maccarone, Fremde Haut (DVD 2005)

Zafer Senocak, Das Land hinter den Buchstaben: Deutschland und der Islam im Umbruch (Munich: Babel, 2006)

Samadi Ahadi, Salami Aleikum (DVD 2010)

Feridun Zaimoglu, Leyla: Roman (Cologne: Kiepenheuer & Witsch, 2006)

Feridun Zaimoglu and Günter Senkel, Schwarze Jungfrauen, Theater Heute 5 (2006), 46-55

Secondary texts / background reading

Adelson, Leslie A., The Turkish Turn in Contemporary German Literature: Toward a New Critical Grammar of Migration (New York: Palgrave Macmillan, 2005)

Ashcroft, Bill, Gareth Griffins, and Helen Tiffins, Post-colonial Studies: The Key Concepts, 2nd edn (London: Routledge, 2007 [2000])
¿ The Empire Writes Back: Theory and Practice in Post-Colonial Literatures (London: Routledge, 1989)

Beck-Gernsheim, Elisabeth, Wir und die Anderen: Vom Blick der Deutschen auf Migranten und Minderheiten (Frankfurt a.M.: Suhrkamp, 2004)

Bhabha, Homi K., The Location of Culture (London: Routledge, 1994)

Bird, Stephanie, Women Writers and National Identity: Bachmann, Duden, Özdamar, Cambridge Studies in German (Cambridge: Cambridge University Press, 2003)

Brinker-Gabler, Gisela, and Sidonie Smith, eds, Writing New Identities: Gender, Nation, and Immigration in Contemporary Europe (Minneapolis: University of Minnesota Press 1997)

Bundesministerium des Inneren, Deutsche Islamkonferenz < _165/DE/Themen/PolitikGesellschaft/DtIslamKonferenz/dtislamkonferenz_node.html>

Cheesman, Tom, Novels of Turkish German Settlement: Cosmopolite Fictions (Rochester, NY: Camden House, 2007)

Day¿oglu-Yücel, Yasemin, Von der Gastarbeit zur Identitäsarbeit: Integrationsverhandlungen in türkisch-deutschen Texten von Senocak, Özdamar, Agaoglu und der Online-Community vaybee!, Universitätsdrucke Göttingen 2005 (Göttingen: Universitätsverlag Göttingen, 2005)

Durzak, Manfred, and Nilüfer Kuruyaz¿c¿, eds, Die andere deutsche Literatur: Instanbuler Vorträge (Würzburg: Königshausen & Neumann, 2004)

Ha, Kein Nghi, Ethnizität und Migration, Einstiege, 9 (Münster: Westfälisches Dampfboot, 1999)

Hall, Stuart, The Multicultural Question, Pavis Papers in Social and Cultural Research, 4 (Milton Keynes: The Open University, 2001)

Helicke, James, ¿Turks in Germany: Muslim Identity ¿Between¿ States¿, in Muslim Minorities in the West: Visible and Invisible, ed. by Yvonne Yazbeck Haddad and Jane I. Smith (Walnut Creek, CL: AltaMira, 2002), pp. 175-191

Hofmann, Michael, Interkulturelle Literaturwissenschaft: Eine Einführung (Paderborn: Fink, 2006)

Horrock, David, and Eva Kolinsky, eds, Turkish Culture in German Society Today, Culture and Society in Germany, 1 (Providence, RI: Berghahn, 1996)

Howard, Mary, ed., Interkulturelle Konfiguration: Zur deutschsprachigen Erzählliteratur von Autoren nichtdeutscher Herkunft (Munich: Iudicium, 1997)

Huggan, Graham, The Postcolonial Exotic: Marketing the Margins (London: Routledge, 2001)

¿¿Ich bin Teil der deutschen Literatur, so deutsch wie Kafka¿: Ist Fremd-Sein ein Problem, ein Thema oder ein Markt-Vorteil? Vier nicht ganz deutsche Autoren ¿ Terézia Mora, Imran Ayata, Wladimir Kaminer und Navid Kermani ¿ im Literaturen-Gespräch¿, in Literaturen, 4/2005, pp. 26-31

Jordan, Jim, ¿Identity, Irony and Devial: Navid Kermani¿s Kurzmitteilung¿, in Aesthetics and Politics in Modern German Culture: Festschrift in Honour of Rhys W. Williams, ed. Bridget Haines. Stephen Parker, and Colin Riordan (London: Peter Lang, 2010), pp. 165-77
¿ ¿Migrant Writing in Germany and the Politics of the Multicultural Society: Three Case Studies¿, in Migrants in German-Speaking Countries: Aspects of Social and Cultural Experience, ed. Jim Jordan and Peter Barker, Modern German Studies, 2 (London: CILT Publications, 2000), pp. 97-113
¿ ed., German Life and Letters, 59.4 (October 2006)

Charlier, Mahrokh, ¿Der muslimische Mann: Religiöse Tradition und die Beziehung von Vater und Sohn im Islam¿, Lettre International, 84 (Spring 2009), 76-78

McLeod, John, Beginning Postcolonialism (Manchester: Manchester University Press, 2000)

Rushdie, Salman, Imaginary Homelands: Essays and Criticism, 1981-1991 (London: Granta, 1991)

Said, Edward W., Orientalism: Western Conceptions of the Orient (London: Penguin, 1995 [1978])

Seyhan, Azade, Writing Outside the Nation (Princeton: Princeton University Press, 2001)

Spivak, Gayatri Chakravorty, ¿Can the Subaltern Speak?¿, in Marxism and the Interpretation of Culture, ed. Cary Nelson and Lawrence Grossberg (Basingstoke: Macmillan Education, 1988), pp. 271-313

Young, Robert, Colonial Desire: Hybridity in Theory, Culture and Race (London: Routledge, 1995)

Zaimmoglu, Feridun, ¿Kulturzeit¿-interview¿ (3Sat) at the Leipziger Buchmesse (16 March 2006b), videostream < 8960/index.html>
¿ interview with Islamische Zeitung, ¿¿Die Polemik vergiftet das soziale Klima¿: Gespräch mit dem Regisseur Neco Çelik und dem Schriftsteller Feridun Zaimoglu über ihr Stück ¿Schwarze Jungfrauen¿¿, Islamische Zeitung, 6 April 2006
¿ ¿Gespräch zu Schwarze Jungfrauen¿ on NDR Kultur, 2 April 2008, <>
Study Abroad Not entered
Study Pattern Not entered
KeywordsGermany, Islam, immigration, nationality, ethnicity, gender
Course organiserDr Frauke Matthes
Tel: (0131 6)51 1483
Course secretaryMrs Fiona Scanlon
Tel: (0131 6)50 3646
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