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Study shows Muslims in Germany are both religious and tolerant

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Study shows Muslims in Germany are both religious and tolerant
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11:22 CEST+02:00
Muslims who live in Germany are significantly more religious than average citizens, but they are also quite tolerant, according to a new study from the Bertelsmann Foundation.

Some 90 percent of the Muslims polled in 2007 said they were religious, while only 70 percent of the general German public said religion was important to them, the study found. But the study, released on Friday, also found that Muslims in Germany have a practical relationship to their daily experience of faith.

About 91 percent of the Muslims polled have roots in Turkey and Arab countries, and one-third of these said they take part in group prayers at least once each month. More than 75 percent of the poll participants said they have a strong belief in God and life after death.

But their strong faith is “of little significance” in their political preferences, the study found. Just 16 percent said their religion played a decisive role in their voting habits, and two-thirds rejected the idea of a Muslim political party.

Some 3.5 million people in Germany are Muslims, making Islam Germany’s third-largest religion.

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