Performing the Dutch nation through free speech – the politics of freedom and education after the murder on Samuel Paty

Guest Author: Thijl Sunier Political debates, even formal ones in Parliament, have increasingly become platforms for excitable political rhetoric and public performance. Last week two debates in the Dutch Parliament reached the headlines and became trending topic on Twitter. Although different topics, the debates converged in a remarkable way and revealed the current political climate […] Continue Reading →

‘Stop terrorisme en stop haatzaaien’ – boodschappen naar aanleiding van de recente terroristische aanslagen in Frankrijk

Naar aanleiding van de recente brute moord op de Franse leraar Samuel Paty, hebben enkele organisaties van moslims verklaringen uitgegeven (zoals ook al in eerdere gevallen is gebeurd, bijvoorbeeld in 2015, 2016, 2017, en 2019. Overlegorgaan Joden, Christenen en Moslims (OJCM) Druk vanuit ouders op lessen is onaanvaardbaar Afgelopen week zijn wij opgeschrikt door de […] Continue Reading →

A short history of ‘good’ and ‘bad’ Muslims in the Netherlands (Part 5/5) – Discussion: Resonance and Amnesia

In a series of blogposts I will try to trace how the opposition between acceptable and unacceptable Islam has resonated throughout the Dutch history of Islam, yet has always remained unstable and open to changing contexts, circumstances and the pragmatic compromises made between the political elites and the Muslim community. This is part 5, the […] Continue Reading →

A short history of ‘good’ and ‘bad’ Muslims in the Netherlands (Part 4) – The contemporary racialization and securitisation of Islam

In a series of blogposts I will try to trace how the opposition between acceptable and unacceptable Islam has resonated throughout the Dutch history of Islam, yet has always remained unstable and open to changing contexts, circumstances and the pragmatic compromises made between the political elites and the Muslim community. This is part 4. For […] Continue Reading →

A short history of ‘good’ and ‘bad’ Muslims in the Netherlands (Part 3) – The management of Islam in the Dutch colonial empire

In a series of blogposts I will try to trace how the opposition between acceptable and unacceptable Islam has resonated throughout the Dutch history of Islam, yet has always remained unstable and open to changing contexts, circumstances and the pragmatic compromises made between the political elites and the Muslim community. This is part 3. For […] Continue Reading →

Dutch elections syllabus – With a focus on Race, Secularism and the Nation

I have assembled a mock course syllabus that explores the deep currents of Dutch political culture with a specific focus on Race, Secularism and the Nation which coincides with my current research on the racialization of Dutch Muslims and how Muslims 'talk back'. It does certainly not only focus on the role of radical right such as Wilders but also to how mainstream political parties cultivate and Continue Reading →