There surely is a common thread here, now isn’t there?
The authors were also struck by the almost complete absence of women at Friday prayers: “Only three of the mosques… provide women with their own space, which is reserved for them and actually used by them. If they exist at all, most of the mosques make the women’s areas on Fridays available to men, too.”
Austrian Study Finds Mosques Preach Non-integration
In September, the Austrian Integration Fund (ÖIF), a department of the foreign ministry published a study, Forschungsbericht ‘Rolle der Moschee im Integrationsprozess [The role of the mosque in the integration process].
Most imams however, were unwilling to have a conversation. And according to the ÖIF, only two of the mosque associations foster the integration of their members.
For the purposes of the study, researchers of the ÖIF visited 16 mosques in Vienna and spoke with individual imams at Friday sermons.
With few exceptions, the Viennese mosques are strictly run along ethnic lines: “There are Turkish, Albanian, Bosnian, Arabic, Pakistani and other mosques, in which sermons are generally held exclusively in the respective national language. Only in rare instances are parts of the sermon — or even more rarely, all of the sermon — translated into German.”
These are “closed spaces in terms of ethnicity and language” and it fosters “social integration into an internal ethnic environment, and thus ethnic segmentation.” In eight of the 16 mosques surveyed, this trend is further reinforced by “widespread and openly-propagated nationalism”.
A Bosnian mosque association that also runs a soccer club was singled out in the report. During the discussion, its imam said: “Every country, as with Austria, has its rules and laws and — something I always stress — it is our religious duty to comply with these standards and to integrate accordingly.”