In this episode, Ayaan talks with Ruud Koopmans about the relationship between majority and minority groups, as well as issues surrounding integration and assimilation. They also discuss the impacts and dangers of religious fundamentalism, both Christian and Islamic.
Ruud Koopmans is Research Director at the WZB Berlin Social Science Center, Professor of Sociology and Migration Research at Humboldt University Berlin, and Chairman of the Supervisory Board of the German Center for Integration and Migration Research (DeZIM).
His current research focuses on migration and integration, religious fundamentalism and extremism, and majority and minority rights. His most recent books deal with the crisis of the Islamic world (Das verfallene Haus des Islam. Die religiösen Ursachen von Unfreiheit, Stagnation und Gewalt), and the new political cleavage around globalization (The Struggle over Borders. Cosmopolitanism and Communitarianism).
Follow him on Twitter @Ruud_Koop_mans.