In our plural society, interfaith marriages and multicultural families have become a new normal and are either considered problematic for the religious communities or welcomed as a contribution to a secular and more peaceful world. In the course of my work with European Muslims, I could accompany such families through a few generations. In this article, I am going to outline some typical challenges and crises in such relationships and their effects on young people growing up in mixed families, adding my observations of how they can be dealt with. Ultimately, there is a chance that, through dialogue, it provides a meaningful learning environment that prepares young people for the diverse reality of the world today.
Halima Krausen is currently scientific staff member at the Academy of World Religions of Hamburg University. After studying Islamic theology and law as well as religious studies, she led the German-speaking Muslim community in Hamburg for twenty years. Ever since her student days, she has been active in interfaith dialogue and in projects of religious adult education in Germany and abroad. Among her publications are book chapters and magazine articles as well as a series of sermons and a collection of prayers from Muslim tradition.