Paradox is the word that the analyzes of the sociologist Aladin El-Mafaalani, 41, always head for, sooner or later. It is paradoxical that successful integration does not lead to less, but to more social conflicts, he says. It is also a paradox that many people see freedom of expression threatened at the moment when it is bigger than ever. Paradoxical is the vocabulary with which El-Mafaalani describes the present: El-Mafaalani, a son of Syrian immigrants born in the Ruhr area, was first a teacher at the Ahlen college, then professor of political science at the Münster University of Applied Sciences and head of department at the North Rhine-Westphalian Ministry of Integration -Westphalia, for which he has set up the Muslim Muslim Coordination Center. Since summer he has been working at the University of Osnabrück as a professor for education in the migration society. In February Kiepenheuer & Witsch El-Mafaalani's new book "Mythos Bildung" will be published,
This article appeared for the first time in the SPIEGEL issue 55/2019.