De Marokkaanse Uitzondering?

De Arabische wereld schudt op haar grondvesten, de ene na de andere bevolkingsgroep komt in opstand tegen totalitaire regimes die hun onderdanen jaren lang onderdrukten. Vandaag is in Marokko een geplande grote demonstratie, maar toch lijkt het protest daar voorlopig weinig voet aan de grond te krijgen. Waarom hebben de gebeurtenissen in Tunesië en Egypte in Marokko, (nog) niet dezelfde reacties Continue Reading →

Two Faces of Revolution

Two young men have played a major role in igniting the popular uprisings in Tunisia and Egypt: Mohammed Bouazizi and Khaled Said. According to Linda Herrera their evocative if tragic deaths speak reams about the erosion of rights and accountability under decades of corrupt dictatorship, about the rabid assault on people’s dignity. They remind us of the desperate need to restore a political order Continue Reading →

Introducing Anthropology and Publicity

Although anthropology is by definition ‘public’, the relationship between its practitioners and society, its social relevance and its connections with the wider audience, have always been controversial and complex. This will be the general theme of the meeting on 5 November 2010 at Ravenstein. To be sure, it is a vast and multifaceted topic. Continue Reading →

Radicalization Series IV – Salafism as a Utopian Movement

There are many different approaches for research on Salafism and they all make clear that, although Salafism has some distinguishing features, the movement is quite diverse with many doctrinary contradictions and clashes and different politico-theological tendencies. It is therefore difficult to define Salafism in a clear, consistent way. Most definitions of Salafism focus on ideological differenc Continue Reading →

Islamizing Europe – Muslim Demographics

The Youtube video Muslim Demographics is a hit all over the Internet. It is informed by several well-known narratives about the Islamic threat. In this article an evaluation of the most important 'facts' of this video. Notwithstanding the conclusion that the facts are disorted, the images in the video provide people with access to the abstract notion of the Islamic threat and in some cases (as wit Continue Reading →