During my school years they had class lists with the student’s names and their confession of faith written on them. Whenever someone noticed the word 'Islam' next to my name, I explained: "That’s just because of my dad". I was not sure yet, if I really believed in Islam. But growing up in Austria meant, there was always freedom to find out.
Currently fear of Islam is growing in Europe and Muslims are subject to increasing rejection and acts of aggression. Because there is not enough positive representation of Islam, we need to intensify the dialogue about our coexistence. Islam and home, Islam and sexuality, Islam and feminism, Islam and European values – those things are not contrary and young Muslims now live more independently and liberated from religious and cultural rules.
“EURO ME ISLAM ME” lets young people with a Muslim background explain to us what their personal story and interpretation of Islam looks like. All of them grew up within a mix of Oriental, Islamic, European and Western culture – they are part of a global generation, that exists in between cultures and beyond borders.