An anthropology of Muslims in Europe - A modest attempt by Martijn

Category Archives: Islam in European History

MENA Dialogues – Esra Özyürek on Religion, Secularism and Nationalism in Turkey and Europe


A conversation for STATUS/الوضع, between Esra Özyürek of the London School of Economics and Political Science and Nazlı Özkan, a PhD Candidate in Cultural Anthropology and Middle East & North African Studies at Northwestern University. Esra Özyürek is the Chair of Contemporary Turkish…

Why many pleas for a Lutheran reform of Islam do not quite nail it


500 years ago, in the nice German town of Wittenburg, a German professor of Theology nailed his 95 Theses to the door of the Castle Church (or did he?). Luther’s act of rebellion against the Catholic Church was a main factor for the…

Srebrenica – Het Europese 9/11

ik kreeg zelfs twee bloemen. de wereld is klein ;)

Linzensoep in Schiedam Enkele jaren geleden had ik een gesprek in Schiedam op de plek waar je de beste Turkse linzensoep van Nederland kunt eten. Mijn gesprekspartner zei tegen mij: “Martijn denk jij nu echt dat wij, moslims, in Nederland beschermd gaan worden…

Muslims and Christians in Baljvine (Bosnia) – The tragic exception and an important lesson


FOCUS – Bosnia: Baljvine, the village that rejected ethnic divisions – France 24 December 2015 marks 20 years since the Dayton Accords brought an end to the Balkan war. Today, Bosnia is still struggling to rebuild and has been hurt by divisions that…

Moslims horen niet in Europa? Wen er maar aan! – Een reactie op prof. Juliaan van Acker


Dat islamofobie niet alleen een fenomeen is voor rechts-radicalen wisten we natuurlijk wel; dat zijn racisme en anti-semitisme immers ook niet. Dat het ook is doorgedrongen tot de ivoren torens van de academia is (oh naïeve ik) toch wel een schok en zeker…

Muselmann – The Prisoners who became ‘Muslims’ in Auschwitz

The first time I encountered the term Muselmann or its plural Muselmänner in relation to the concentration camps was in Primo Levi’s extraordinary book If this is a man. The term Muselmann (the German term is retained throughout the text here) is used…

AJ People & Power – Western Jihadis in Syria


Danish filmmaker Nagieb Khaja went to Syria to speak to Western fighters and to one of Jabhat al-Nusra’s senior figures – the Australian / Egyptian cleric , Abu Sulayman Muhajir. In this remarkable film, made possible through long and patient negotiation for access, Nagieb finds out why young foreign Muslims are being drawn to the conflict in Syria, explores the reasons behind Jabhat al-Nusra’s fierce rivalry with ISIL and examines the implications of these developments for global security.

Charlie Hebdo: A conversation about Islam and politics


In this Charlie Brown episode you will see religious studies scholar Reza Aslan, Will McCants (fellow in the Center for Middle East Policy and director of the Project on U.S. Relations with the Islamic World and co-founder of Jihadica), Michael Hanna (senior fellow at The Century Foundation) and Shadi Hamid (fellow with the Project on U.S. Relations with the Islamic World in the Center for Middle East Policy Brookings) talking about the role of Islam in politics.

Muslims of France: Colonials, Immigrants and Citizens

Al Yazeera has a very interesting series Muslims of France: colonials, immigrants and citizens.

Coming Back – The Return of the Tatars

In 1944, Stalin deported 218,000 Crimean Tatars to Central Asia – Al Jazeera tells the story of their struggle to return home.


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