Distributor:  Icarus Films
Length:  27 minutes
Date:  2012
Genre:  Interview
Language:  German / English subtitles
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Islam Unknown (episode 7): Omer Ozsoy

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Islamic theology, personal freedom, human rights and the head scarf.

Islam Unknown (episode 7): Omer Ozsoy

This episode of Islam Unknown delves deeper than some others into theology, but also engages with one of the most divisive social issues to have marked Islam in the West: the headscarf.

Ömer Özsoy is firm in his belief that the headscarf is not mandated by the Qur'an, but that Muslim women in western societies should nonetheless have the right to wear it as they please. To him, it is not a question of religion, but simply one of human rights. In a secular society, the theological underpinnings of the debate are irrelevant. "The issue is that there is a religious group with a certain conviction. That's it! That must be respected, provided that this religiosity does not infringe on the freedom and rights of others."

While Özsoy worries that anti-Semitic arguments are being recycled as anti-Islamic — and that they will ultimately lead to more isolationism — he is also optimistic that these areas of conflict will ultimately lead to greater understanding between traditions. "This is how we can get rid of the images handed down by previous generations," he says. "Muslims must end the image of an immoral Europe, and Europeans the image of an irrational Islam."

This conversation is in German, with English subtitles.

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Main credits

Elders, Fons (interviewer)

Other credits

Camera-sound, Maher Al-Sabbagh; editing, Theo Raben; music, David Parsons.

Distributor credits

Docuseek2 subjects

Religion and Spirituality
Philosophy, Critical Thinking and Ethics
History of Religion
Netherlands, The

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