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The Swedish Government, the Muslim Minority and the Qur'an Burnings

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CMES researcher Oliver Scharbrodt has been interviewed by Radio Sweden about the recent Qur'an burnings in Sweden.

Oliver Scharbrodt was interviewed for a segment on the Qur'an burnings on 4 July 2023 by Maya Naylor (Radio Sweden). Below are some excerpts from the interview.

Listen to the recording (in English)

Oliver Scharbrodt discusses how the Swedish government should reach out to Muslim leaders to communicate that the Qur'an burnings do not reflect an official government policy. He also argues that even though the scope of what the Swedish government can do, except for these symbolic actions, is very limited, there doesn't seem to be an appetite to change the law.

It is important that the government fosters a climate in Swedish society that respects the religious feelings of minorities. It is a question about how society engages with religion, particularly with religious minorities.

There have been no large-scale protests within the Swedish Muslim community in response to the latest burning, something that Scharbrodt thinks could be down to leaders of Muslim communities here wanting to take a cautious approach.

Oliver Scharbrodt's research profile