The Netherlands and Islam

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The Netherlands and Islam

Type: Article / Letter to editor
Title: The Netherlands and Islam
Author: Veer, P. van der
Journal Title: ISIM Newsletter
Issue: 1
Volume: 9
Start Page: 7
End Page: 8
Pages: 2
Publisher: ISIM, Leiden
Issue Date: 2002
Keywords: Netherlands
Abstract: In the Netherlands and in other Western countries one finds a hostile image of Islam. Only recently we saw this image influencing the panicky reactions to the terrorist attacks on the USA by Arab Muslims. With great speed this attack was connected to statements of a general nature on the essence of Islam and of Muslims. Dutch politicians and Islam scholars spoke in public about the age-old frustration of Muslims that was presumed to be the background of this attack. Almost immediately the question of the loyalty of Muslim immigrants to the Dutch state and to Dutch norms and values emerged in public debate. Opinion polls showed quickly how fickle that loyalty is and how methodologically shaky opinion polls are. This was followed by attacks on mosques and Islamic schools. The urgency of a more sophisticated analysis of the relationship between the Netherlands and Islam is self-evident.

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