The Young Muslims and Web 2.0 Conference
Migration and Inclusion

The Young Muslims and Web 2.0 Conference

The Internet and social media are essential parts of the way young people live and communicate on a day-to-day basis. And this applies to religious issues too. Young Muslims use the Internet to report on the project work they’re involved in and to discuss questions of identity, religion, politics, and society. Within Muslim youth groups, social media sites serve as platforms that enable the young people to network with each other. At the same time, more and more "cyber fatwas" - Islamic legal rulings (some more serious than others) that can be requested on various forums – are being issued on Islamic Internet sites. Various forms of "cyber dawah," invitations to accept Islam or to live a more pronounced Islamic lifestyle, have also been observed. Online jihadist propaganda and the susceptibility of young Muslims to become radicalized, especially via the Internet, represent a danger.

It was precisely these issues that took center stage at the Young Muslims and Web 2.0 conference, which was held by the Robert Bosch Stiftung in conjunction with the diocese of Rottenburg-Stuttgart and Muslim youth groups on May 8 and 9, 2015. More than 50 dedicated individuals from various youth groups discussed the opportunities and challenges of Web 2.0, whereas Muslim youth groups presented their online work and Muslim bloggers took to the podium to explain what they do.

The series of talks will be continued in 2016 under the auspices of the Akademie der Diözese Rottenburg-Stuttgart (academy of the Rottenburg-Stuttgart diocese). The idea originates from the Shaping Society Together - Partnering with Young Muslims project supported by the Robert Bosch Stiftung. The project examined the youth work carried out by Islamic organizations, with a focus on the state of Baden-Württemberg.


Raphaela Schweiger
Phone: +49 (0)711 46084-678