In response to an Austrian government research center’s report, a Turkish-Austrian mosque organization is denying that they are part of an Islamist movement with connections to the Turkish government. According to the ORF report:
November 17, 2021: One of the major mosque operators in Austria, the Islamic Federation (AIF), is defending itself against the accusation of being an arm of the Turkish nationalist Milli Görus raised in a dossier by the state-run Documentation Center for Political Islam. Chairman Abdi Tasdögen now wants to fight against this image damage and seeks the discussion with the responsible persons, as he said in the discussion with the APA. According to Tasdögen, the dossier is unserious and a waste of tax money. At the end of May this year, the documentation center set up by the government presented three dossiers on the largest umbrella organizations of Islamic associations in addition to the highly controversial “Islam Map”. [Translated by DeepL with edits]
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The Documentation Center for Political Islam report on Millî Görüş can be found here.
The Austrian Islamic Federation (AIF) published a statement (see page 6) saying that there is no connection between the Millî Görüş movement in Turkey or its organizations in Austria and the AIF.
The AIF website however lists the Islamische Gemeinschaft Millî Görüş (IGMG) as one of its partners. The IGMG is the German Millî Görüş organization, and a German think tank states that while IGMG distanced itself from anti-semitic statements of Millî Görüş founder Necmettin Erbakan, IGMG still has ideological affinities and substantial connections with the Turkish movement. The Global Influence Operations Report (GIOR) has reported on German government assertions that Turkish President Erdoğan’s AKP party has intensified its relations with Millî Görüş in Germany. Two of three of AIF’s other partners are also IGMG organizations: Hasene, which has the same address as and shares two board members with IGMG, and UKBA, IGMG’s funeral fund.
Millî Görüş is a Turkish political movement whose aim is to transform Turkey into an Islamic state. The movement was founded in 1969 by former Turkish Prime Minister Necmettin Erbakan, who, until his death, headed the Islamist Felicity Party in Turkey. The ideology and political agenda of Millî Görüş has called for an end to the secular regime in Turkey through education and preaching.
The “Political Islam Documentation Center” (Dokumentationsstelle Politischer Islam) was launched in 2020 by the Austrian government and researches religiously motivated political extremism.