The controversial digital map “Islam Landkarte” has stopped working in Austria, due to a wave of widespread criticism from various circles against the authorities, according to Anadolu Agency.
Islamic groups criticized the Austrian government last May, following the launch of a website prepared by the Political Islam Documentation Center, which included detailed information on Islamic institutions. Read also Austria: Hungary’s handling of refugees is Nazi behavior3 years in prison in Austria for a smuggler who packed refugees with a truck Hate crimes against Muslims rose in Europe in 2015Claiming to fight dangerous ideology, the Austrian government approves policies to marginalize and monitor Muslims
The Anatolian correspondent confirmed that the work of the digital map, which was supervised by the academic preparation at the University of Vienna, Adnan Aslan and his team, was suspended at the request of the “Center for Documenting Political Islam” founded by the government of Chancellor Sebastian Kurz.
In a statement via the “www.islam-landkarte.at” website – which contains the map – Aslan expressed his regret over the political controversy that the project aroused, and the misuse of the map by some extreme right-wing groups.
Aslan considered that his goal is to present a study that deals with all aspects of the various Islamic entities in the country.
Aslan did not reveal whether the aforementioned digital map has stopped working entirely or will work in a different way.
There was also no immediate statement from the government in this regard.
After the map work was launched on May 27, extremist right-wing groups hung banners bearing anti-Islam statements on many mosques.
Integration Minister Susan Raab launched the “National Map of Islam,” which lists all the names and locations of more than 620 mosques, Muslim associations and Muslim officials.
According to the Minister of Integration, the map does not aim to “put Muslims in general in doubt,” and that “the goal was to fight political ideologies, not religion.”
Austrian Chancellor Kurz has repeatedly criticized what he calls “political Islam”.
At the end of May, the Islamic Religious Society of Austria (IGGOE) revealed that it intended to file a lawsuit against the Kurz government for its release of the map.
The group “IGGOE” – an intergovernmental organization representing the interests of Muslims in the country – warned against “stigmatizing all Muslims living in Austria as a potential danger to society and the democratic legal system in the country”.