Van der Valk, I. van der (2012), Islamofobie en discriminatie, Amsterdam, Amsterdam University Press
Van der Valk, I. van der (2012), Islamofobie en discriminatie, Amsterdam, Amsterdam University PressView full Research
Type of publication
Area/location of interest
Not applicable - national level
Type of Institution
University of Amsterdam
Main Thematic Focus
The climate of public opinion towards Muslims in the Netherlands has deteriorated in the period 2005-2010. Muslims have become more and more isolated, negatively portrayed, and depicted as enemies of society. The assertions by the political party of Geert wilders (PVV) about Islam and Muslims and the steadily growing anti-Islamic attitude in the extreme right movement has made the general climate in Dutch society more and more Islamophobic. Between 2005 and 2010, 117 cases of vandalism against mosques have been recorded. In 43 cases, offensive symbols or slogans were painted on a mosque. In 37 instances, the mosques sustained material damage (for example because of arson). One highly provocative method was leaving body parts and/or insides of dead sheep and pigs (5 instances known). In 99 of the incidents, the perpetrators were not found.
Methodology (Qualitative/Quantitative and exact type used, questionnaires etc)
This report is the first edition of a monitor on Muslim discrimination in the Netherlands. This edition is based on desk research (focusing on studies of research data of academic and research institutes published in period 2005-2010). It contains a special list of incidents against mosques drawn in the period 2005-2010 from press coverage. This report also examines expressions of Muslim discrimination in the political and public arena and the anti-Islam or anti-Muslim activities of political parties and anti-Islam organisations.
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