Date of Award

Fall 12-13-2018

Document Type

Honors Project

Degree Name

Bachelor of Arts


Modern Languages and Literatures

Department Chair or Program Director

Elizabeth Lewis

First Advisor

Jennifer Hansen-Glücklich

Second Advisor

Marcel Rotter

Third Advisor

David Ambuel

Major or Concentration



For a country terrified of repeating its Nazi past, Islamophobic sentiment and policies are becoming increasingly more popular in modern Germany. This paper explores the some of the historical and cultural underpinnings as well as provides some sociological theories to try and understand just why this type of ideology is festering amongst the German public. Discriminatory practices are veiled under the guise of “living together” and alt-right extremist parties such as the Alternative für Deutschland play to the insecurities of the majority and further support these injustices. As the Muslim minority’s legal rights become increasingly compromised, and human rights violations go completely ignored, it’s only a matter of time before the impact of such policies becomes catastrophic.