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“Islands in a sea of disbelief” – Militant activism in Belgium, the Netherlands and Germany

It took us six years, but I’m very pleased to announce that, at last, our book: Islamic Militant Activism in Belgium, the Netherlands and Germany – ‘Islands in a sea of disbelief’ (Palgrave 2020)...


White noise: race, migration and the violent underground of democracy

Guest author Rogier van Reekum discusses Joris Luyendijk’s recent essay on migration and ‘listening to the people’. By ostentatiously ‘listening to the people’, representatives have kept on affirming that the decision on membership rest, in the end, with ‘the people’. They have left untouched the violent racialized underground of democracy.


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 express their viewpoint of ‘Act normal or get out’.


No feminism without anti-racism

Earlier this month, the launch of Machteld Zee´s book, Heilige Identiteiten (Holy Identities), caused some debate among Dutch feminists. In it, she writes about academics and commentators whose reluctance to criticize Muslims contributes to the rise of Islamic fundamentalism. Supporting Zee, Yolande Withuis and others opened an attack on the feminists they called “useful idiots” who are used by patriarchal Islamists to further the “creeping Islamization of our society.” In their efforts to depoliticize feminism, these commentators present the debate as a generational conflict: the 70s-inspired leftist multiculturalists versus the politically neutral, true defenders of women’s rights. What they don’t want us to see is the hardcore political ideology behind their own position.


The ‘Taharrush’ Connection: Xenophobia, Islamophobia, and Sexual Violence in Germany and Beyond

Guest Authors: Angie Abdelmonem, Rahma Esther Bavelaar, Elisa Wynne-Hughes, and Susana Galán New Year’s Eve 2016 witnessed the collective public sexual harassment and assault of dozens of women during celebrations in Cologne, Germany, reportedly...