Patrick Bahners

Die Panikmacher. Die deutsche Angst vor dem Islam

© C.H. Beck  Verlag, München, 2011 Patrick Bahners: Die Panikmacher. Die deutsche Angst vor dem Islam © C.H. Beck Verlag, Munich, 2011 The head of the features section at the Frankfurter Allgemeine Zeitung devotes his attention to a wave of agitation which Sarrazin is merely catching at its crest. Bahners’ book is much more than simply a reply to the nation’s most successful scaremonger, the former member of the board of the Bundesbank, and Sarrazin’s theories themselves are only mentioned in passing. Rather, Bahners traces the long history that paved the way for Sarrazin’s uprising of indecent people. (…) Bahners has written an overdue book. Unfortunately, however, many readers may be put off by his idiosyncratic, sometimes awkward style and the unstructured and anecdotal way in which he brachiates from one quotation to the next.
What is significant, of course, is that this book is by a conservative. As an advocate of middle-class virtues, Bahners is offended by the brutalisation of the debate and the shabbiness of the slanderous remarks made against Muslims. And as a Catholic, he rubs his eyes in amazement at the sudden amnesia of many people regarding the history and the follies of Christianity in Germany. He asks himself where all this is leading. After all, in the final consequence, the postulations of Islamophobes allow only one conclusion to be drawn: "Muslims out".

Daniel Bax: „Aufstand der Unanständigen“
© die tageszeitung, 23 February 2011

Patrick Bahners
Die Panikmacher. Die deutsche Angst vor dem Islam
C.H. Beck Verlag, Munich, 2011
ISBN 978-3-406-61645-7
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