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Monthly Archives: May 2012

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Joan Scott – Sexularism

In this lecture Joan Scott addresses the sharp oppositions often made these days between secularism and gender equality, on the one side, and religion (especially Islam) and the oppression of women, on the other.

Autochtonen en allochtonen bestaan niet: ze worden gemaakt

Allochtonen en autochtonen bestaan niet, ze worden gemaakt. Met alle goede bedoelingen hebben we met het begrippenpaar autochtoon-allochtoon een raciaal vertoog op basis van bloedverwantschap vervangen door een vertoog gebaseerd op cultuur en grond. Het begrippenpaar autochtoon en allochtoon zou daarom moeten verdwijnen.

Groom, Prey, Lover boy – Sexual Violence in the Netherlands

An interesting report on Al Jazeera, featuring Moroccan-Dutch Muslim in has battle against young men (and some women) and their practices of dragging women into prostitution. Wijbenga recognizes there is a risk of racialising sexual crimes but nevertheless feels it to be his duty to raise awareness about the problem and to involve Islamic organizations in his work.

Riots, Ritual and Rage – 'Salafists' and PRO-NRW in Germany

Last week several Muslims were arrested in Germany after riots during a protest against a demonstration of the German radical right wing party PRO-NRW. During the election campaign for the regional elections in Nord-Rhein Westfalen, PRO NRW organized a demonstration nearby a Salafist mosque in Solingen whereby the demonstrators showed the Muhammad Cartoons.During their counter-protests the Salafists, according to the reports, attacked police and injured four of them.

Ayaan Hirsi Ali: Haat, Ongelijkheid en Vrijheidfetisjisme

Ayaan Hirs Ali is in Nederland met haar retoriek over vrijheid en oorlog tegen islam. Een korte reminder over haar islamofobie, confrontatiepolitiek en vrijheidfetisjisme. Een mild pleidooi voor een milde beperking van de vrijheid van meningsuiting

Pop Goes Islam: Islamic Youth Channel 4Shbab

The controversy surrounding an Islamic styled music channel for Muslim youth.
In 2009, Egyptian entrepreneur Ahmed Abu Haiba launched the world’s first-ever Islamic music channel. Based in Cairo, 4Shbab branded itself as “Islam’s Own MTV”. But after an initial strong start, a backlash set in. Despite winning awards, Abu Haiba increasingly had to defend his channel and its programmes against claims that it was “unIslamic”.

Performing the Nation – Memory, Murder and Fortuyn

While for Fortuyn’s supporters he was the example and hope for how the Netherlands should be and could become, for his opponents he was and his the fear of a loss of social cohesion and exactly how we should not be. While 4 and 5 May connects people with national symbols, creates and consolidates solidarity by means of contact with experiences and people from the past. Although the hype of 2001/2002 has toned down, the remembrance of Fortuyn does the same for many people.

Vrijdagfoto: Oranje Boven – Integratie in Beeld?

Via Twitter en Facebook is een foto verspreid van een moslimvrouw met oranje hoofddoek en gewaad. Er werd enthousiast en verheugd op gereageerd en het werd gezien als teken van integratie die al aan de gang is, de hoop op verdere integratie en het ongelijk en de irrelevantie van Wilders.

Godsdienstvrijheid onder druk? Vrijheid, angst en conflict

Op vrijdag 1 juni wordt in Amsterdam het symposium Godsdienst onder druk? Vrijheid, angst en conflict gehouden. In mijn bijdrage, die ook zal verschijnen in het tijdschrift Religie & Samenleving, zal ik in het bijzonder ingaan op de angst voor het salafisme de hand van het begrip islamofobie in paradigma’s die we kunnen aantreffen in politiek, beleid en media en die betrekking hebben op migratie en het management van religie en in het bijzonder van moslims in Nederland.

Marked for Death – The Comfort of Wilders' War Against Islam

Geert Wilders, Marked for Death: Islam’s War Against the West and Me. Leftist intellectuals can take comfort in Wilders’ rhetoric but could it be that their polite islamophobia is more damaging in the end?


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