When state reaction fails to materialize – Marwa El-Sherbini

We remember Marwa El-Sherbini. In a conversation with Youmna Fouad and Katharina Wüstefeld , we shed light on the hesitancy of official reactions, the fears triggered by racist violence, but also experiences from migrant and Muslim self-organization and the resistant thematization of anti-Muslim racism.

About the event

Egyptian athlete and scientist Marwa El-Sherbini was murdered on July 1, 2009 by the man who had previously racially insulted her and her children. He would not accept a previous conviction; in the Dresden Regional Court, he stabbed her to death when she testified as a witness.

Literature, links and background information

More information about the Marwa El-Sherbini Scholarship

Web documentation Against us:

Marwa El-Sherbini
Jorge Gomondai

Reference to Thilo Sarrazin’s book “Germany is Abolishing Itself

More information about the women’s meeting in Dresden

The commemoration of Marwa El-Sherbini is organized by the initiative Gedenken.Erinnnern.Mahnen

More information about the work of the Ausländerrat Dresden

Against us: “After the murder. Muslim women in Dresden

Köfte Kosher: Youth and Memorial Project

Citizens. Courage: Action “18 stitches” (2010)

Institute for Media Responsibility: On the Media Treatment of the Anti-Islamic Murder of Marwa El-Sherbini in Germany, Austria and Switzerland

Qantara: Desperately Seeking Intercultural Sensitivity. Media Critique on the Marwa El-Sherbini Case


Editors: Tanja Thomas, Fabian Virchow and Tobias Fernholz
Co-conceptualization and production: grasshopper kreativ
Hosts: Tanja Thomas and Fabian Virchow
Sound logo: Martin Pfeilsticker and Pia Fruth

The event review was produced by Master’s students from Eberhard Karls University Tübingen and Düsseldorf University of Applied Sciences.

Credits event review

O-Ton donors: Olga Sperling and Prof. Dr. Hanan Badr
Speaker: Pia Fruth
Project management: Rebecca Schnell
Research & Shownotes: Ataman Yildirim and Katharina Schnackertz
Storyboard & voiceover: Marvin Pfeifle
Interviews & Editing Tamara Beck and Vera Fuller