Country

Netherlands Netherlands

Title

Meeteren, M. & Van Oostendorp (2019), ' Are Muslims in the Netherlands constructed as a ‘suspect community’? An analysis of Dutch political discourse on terrorism in 2004-2015', Crime, Law and Social Change. 71 (5), pp 525–540, available at: https://doi.org/10.1007/s10611-018-9802-y

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Year

2019

Type of publication

Study - qualitative research

Geographical coverage

National

Area/location of interest

Not applicable - national level

Type of Institution

Academic

Institution

University of Leiden

Main Thematic Focus

Integration & inclusion

Target Population

Muslims Religious minorities

Key findings

This study analyses if and how Muslims are also constructed as a ‘suspect community’ in Dutch political discourse on terrorism in the period 2004-2015. The analysis shows that political discourse in the Netherlands has shifted significantly in this period. Whereas until 2011, terrorism was framed as a problem that originates in society and that is to be solved for society as a whole, it is currently seen as a problem that originates in Islam and which needs to be addressed by the ‘Muslim community’. All members of that ‘Muslim community’ are now considered as potentially ‘suspect’ when they do not openly and explicitly adhere to Western values and take action to distance themselves from the ‘Jihadist enemy’.

Methodology (Qualitative/Quantitative and exact type used, questionnaires etc)

Qualitative text analysis of 202 policy documents and and 114 parlianmentary debates from the period 2004-2015 in which terrorism was mentioned in relation to Islam or Muslims in the Netherlands

Sample details and representativeness

202 policy documents and and 114 parlianmentary debates in which terrorism was mentioned in relation to Islam or Muslims in the Netherlands

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