Tuesday 12 Jun
]]>Austria's main federation of Muslim residents has expressed concerns over the government's announcement that it is shutting down seven mosques and expelling Turkish-funded imams.
The Austrian government's actions stem from a 2015 law which bans foreign funding of religious groups.
Chancellor Sebastian Kurz says the government is shutting down Turkish mosques and dissolving a group called the Arab Religious Community, which runs six mosques. Up to 60 Imams and their families could be expelled, with the government saying they are financed by Ankara.
Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan strongly criticized the move as anti-Islamic and promised a response. So is Austrian’s decision a reflection of the islamophobic, racist, and discriminatory mood in the country?
Farid Hafez, a senior scholar at the University of Salzburg & Georgetown University