‘Salafism’ in The Netherlands - Accommodation, Da`wa and Struggle

Link: Lecture Series "Contemporary Political Islam"


Lecture: Martijn de Koning (Rabout Universiteit Nijwegen)
Discussant: Nadia Fadil (IMMRC - KULeuven)

The global Islamic Salafi movement has slowly but surely established itself in the Netherlands over the last 30 years. One of the features of Salafi religiosity is the often very strict interpretation of particular Islamic traditions, one which is sometimes regarded by other Muslims, and non-Muslims, as anti-Western and at odds with European secular freedoms. During the last ten years the Salafi movement also has become the main target of the counter-radicalization policies of the Dutch state. What are the latest developments among Dutch Salafi networks in particular against the background of the issue of Dutch fighters in Syria? Combining an ethics of duty and an ethics of pragmatism, results in a type of religiosity based upon the idea of struggle that provides people with strong incentives to continuously reflect upon and improve themselves as part of their moral ambition. But how do these Dutch Salafi Muslim youth then practice a morally strict version of Islam that is rejected and considered suspect by many other Dutch Muslims as well as wider Christian-secular society?

Martijn de Koning studied anthropology at the VU University and defended there his PhD on religious identities among young Moroccan-Dutch youth. After his PhD he worked on the Salafism as Transnational Movement project at the Radboud University Nijmegen and ISIM in Leiden. Currently he teaches at the department of Islam studies at the Radboud University Nijmegen and is a postdoc at the Department of Cultural Anthropology of the University of Amsterdam. He maintains his own weblog: www.religionresearch.org

Nadia Fadil studied sociology and anthropology at the Catholic University of Leuven, where she also obtained her PhD in sociology. She is currently Assistant Professor at the IMMRC (Interculturalism, Migration and Minorities Research Centre). Her research interest are situated at the intersection of religion, subjectivity, secular and liberal governmentality and multiculturalism, with Islam in Europe as specific empirical focus.

This lecture is part of the series "Contemporary Polical Islam[+INFO]