Turkish-Islamic Union for Religious Affairs

The Turkish-Islamic Union for Religious Affairs (DİTİB; German: Türkisch-Islamische Union der Anstalt für Religion e.V.; Turkish: Diyanet İşleri Türk-İslam Birliği) is one of the largest Islamic organisations in Germany. Founded in 1984 as a branch of the Presidency of Religious Affairs in Ankara, it is an "arm" of the Turkish state.[1] The headquarters are in Cologne-Ehrenfeld.

Turkish-Islamic Union for Religious Affairs
Türkisch-Islamische Union der Anstalt für Religion e.V.
DITIB logo.jpg
TypeReligious organization
HeadquartersEhrenfeld, Cologne, Germany
DİTİB-Merkez-Mosque in Duisburg
Yavuz-Sultan-Selim-Mosque in Mannheim

As of 2016, the DITIB funds 900 mosques in Germany.[1]

The imams and the religious teachers, officially classified as civil servants of the Turkish state, are trained in Ankara and sent to Germany from Turkey.[2] DITIB claims it is independent of the Government of Turkey.[2] Because the state back then[when?] was almost bankrupt, the officials had to be paid with money from the Muslim World League, which provoked protest from secularists. The fixation on Turkey and the Turkish language proved to be a handicap, because other Islamic organisations used German language in public. The usage of German was seen by many to be more dialogue-friendly.

Homepages of local Ditib chapters have featured christophobic, antisemitic and anti-Western hate speech.[3]


DITIB received state aid from the Federal Ministry of the Interior in Germany,[2] in the 2012-2018 period DITIB received about 6 million euro.[4] When it was initially founded, around 230 associations were members; by 2005 the number was 870. The local associations are registered independently for legal and financial purposes, but share the goals and principles of DİTİB as their foundation. They also acknowledge DİTİB as their umbrella-organisation. It has a number of social and religious institutes.[citation needed]

In 2018, Federal Ministry of the Interior cut all funds after DITIB had been involved in a number of controversies, such as refusing to take part in a Cologne anti-terror march in 2017.[5][6]

2004 rallyEdit

Under the presidency of Rıdvan Çakır, DİTİB tries to present itself as a more integrated actor in German society. DİTİB was one of the initiators of the mass-event "Gemeinsam für Frieden und gegen Terror" (en: "Together for Peace and against Terror"). Over 20,000 Muslims participated in this demonstration, which was held on November 21, 2004 in Cologne. Participants who gave speeches included the Green Party politician Claudia Roth, Bavaria's Interior Minister Günther Beckstein and Fritz Behrens. The goal was to signal the disapproval of the use of violence in the name of Islam. It was one of the largest demonstrations of its kind in the history of Germany.

See alsoEdit


  1. ^ a b "Old Faultlines". The Economist. 6 August 2016. Retrieved 9 August 2016.
  2. ^ a b c (www.dw.com), Deutsche Welle. "Germany to slash funding for Islamic organization DITIB | News | DW | 05.10.2017". DW.COM. Retrieved 2018-03-12.
  3. ^ Storm, Linde. "Dschihadisten als Elitetruppe des Islams. Eine klare Ablehnung dieser Position durch islamische Verbände in Deutschland fehlt / Von Susanne Schröter". www.normativeorders.net (in German). Retrieved 2018-10-27. Problematisches ist auch der Ditib, dem größten muslimischen Verband, vorzuwerfen. Wiederholt war auf lokalen Ditib-Homepages juden- und christenfeindliche und antiwestliche Hetze zu lesen.
  4. ^ (www.dw.com), Deutsche Welle. "Germany cuts funding to largest Turkish-Islamic organization, DITIB | DW | 30.08.2018". DW.COM. Retrieved 2018-10-15.
  5. ^ (www.dw.com), Deutsche Welle. "Germany's Islamic organization DITIB under fire for skipping 'March Against Terror' | DW | 16.06.2017". DW.COM. Retrieved 2018-10-15.
  6. ^ (www.dw.com), Deutsche Welle. "Germany to slash funding for Islamic organization DITIB | DW | 05.10.2017". DW.COM. Retrieved 2018-10-15.

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