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In the House of War: Dutch Islam Observed

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Sam Cherribi
Pub date
Jul 2010
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Religion and Global Politics
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Sam Cherribi is a Moroccan Muslim who became a naturalized Dutch citizen and member of the Dutch Parliament. In this book he draws on his personal experiences with European politics and media, extensive fieldwork in Dutch mosques, and interviews with imams. In recent years, the Netherlands has been swept by the same forces of change that have swept the rest of Europe - the consolidation of the European Union, a massive influx of Muslim immigrants and the rising voice of Islamic fundamentalism. Cherribi argues that this small country has amplified these forces, providing a useful lens through which to examine trends in all of Europe. The portents are troubling, he notes, as evidenced by the murders of journalist Pim Fortuyn and filmmaker Theo Van Gogh, after which riots broke out, mosques were burned, and Muslims were openly reviled by the public and the media. Cherribi was voted out of Parliament in the anti-migrant fervor that engulfed the Netherlands after these murders and like many other Dutch Muslims he emigrated to the United States. Looking back on these events, and bringing to bear his skills and training as a sociologist, Cherribi provides an invaluable account of one country's encounter with some of the most troubling trends of our times.

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ACKNOWLEDGMENTS
INTRODUCTION
CONFESSIONS: THE COMPOSITE RELATIONSHIP OF THE SECULAR AND THE RELIGIOUS
1. The Established and the Outsider of the European Integration
2. Immigration without Integration
3. How Europe's Secularism became Contentious: Mosques, Imams, and Issues
4. Prisoners of the mosque
5. Pim Fortuyn versus Islam: Muslims, Gays and the Media's Reliance on Conflict
6. The Public Intellectual versus Islam: A Year of Sex and Rhetoric
7. Riding Pim's Wave: Islam, Women, the Sacred, and the Naked
CONCLUSION: THE VANISHING MUSLIM INDIVIDUAL
ENDNOTES
BIBLIOGRAPHY

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Sam Cherribi is Senior Lecturer in Sociology, Emory University

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