: Murder in Amsterdam: Liberal Europe, Islam, and the Limits of Tolerance (): Ian Buruma: Books. A revelatory look at what happens when political Islam collides with the secular West Ian Buruma’s Murder in Amsterdam is a masterpiece of investigative. Murder in Amsterdam: The Death of Theo Van Gogh and the Limits of Tolerance is a book by Ian Buruma. The Guardian describes it as, “part reportage.
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Still, given rapidly changing circumstances economic, social, educational, and burumw it’s unclear what lessons can be leant — or might be applicable — from this even in just the near future. It’s actually a book about liberalism and the arguments for or against.
Murder in Amsterdam – Ian Buruma
In 45 per cent of Amsterdam’s population was “of foreign origin”, and Buruma says projections suggest it will be 52 per cent in — though he doesn’t look at the demographics more closely, not making clear how ‘foreign’ that population really is i. When I was in Europe four years ago, I was shocked to see a church in my old hometown that had turned into a mosque.
It is quite a religious, Islamic country, but religious extremism is nowhere near that of Saudia, Iraq, Syria, Libya, Egypt, or Morocco. Murder in Amsterdam – US. The Guardian describes it as, “part reportage, part essay.
I thought this book would add clarity to why young Muslims have trouble integrating into their adopted European or North American communities and maybe learn about some solutions. Although he does not offer much in the way of solutions, I think that Tunisia, of all countries, may be a model. The book profiles notable Muslim critics — the racists, the atheists, the culturalists, the feminists. I thought the book was at its strongest in its psychological analysis of Mohammed Bouyeri, the man who murdered Theo van Gogh.
But the “you” here varies greatly and influenced by many factors which may result in extreme cases like Mohamed Bouyeri and Ayaan Hirsi Ali, or even Theo Van Gogh himself being the host people. Why firebomb the newspaper?
Buruma offers an interesting account, and a lot of insight into the Dutch world, but ultimately the van Gogh case isn’t all that revealing.
To face the facts beyond the veil
Ian Buruma’s entire life has led him to this narrative: Ian Buruma is a British-Dutch writer and academic, much of whose work focuses on the culture of Asia, particularly that of 20th-century Japan, where he lived and worked for many years.
He is clearly critical of Ayaan Hirsi Ali, but also has a great deal of respect for her– after all, her own political faction has, at times, turned against her simply for being Muslim. First, I must thank my son, Patrick, for giving me this book for Christmas. Buruma argues that conservatives have “commandeered” the liberal values of the European Enlightenment to portray Islam and Western culture as “competing, hostile versions of absolute truth.
Coming from a rigid Calvinist family background I am always amazed that a country that is basically rigid yet has the capacity of tolerance, especially in view of the fact that today. I’m not quite sure if I believe in the link to the guilt over World War II Cohen’s speech in the last section is very interestingbut the comparsion to football soccer fans is apt, considering what recently happened at a game – a fan ran on to the field, punched a player, and then took on the rest of the amstwrdam.
I wanted to re-read this book after the terrorism in San Bernardino.
He seems to be a mix of both what Americans would consider Conservative and Liberal. Bouyeri is a weak, pathetic thug who couldn’t channel his personal failure any other way than to harm another human being. Murder in Amsterdam was recommended to me by someone I respect who told me that it was the “best book” amsterram read “in a long time” but I didn’t even realize it was a work of non-fiction until I ordered it — much less know what it was about.
How does a government maintain the value of tolerance in the face of a group of citizens utterly opposed to tolerance? View all 9 comments.
I was asked my opinion of the veil four times while reading Ian Buruma’s not-very-long book and, while Murder in Amsterdam is nothing if not subtle and preoccupied with ambiguities, it helped me to think about the issue much more clearly. Two competing, hostile versions of absolute truth square up against each other, derived from different cultures, each with a mission to override culture and draw in the deracinated. Islamic fundamentalism poses a particular problem — or at least is one which has garnered a lot of attention at the moment — especially since it seems at least in many of its currently popular manifestations to be irreconcilable with European norms of tolerance.
Buruma refuses to blame the victim, though, giving equal weight to critics who insist Islam must adapt to European culture rather than the other way around, like Ayaan Hirsi Ali, a Dutch politician who scripted van Gogh’s final film, an avant-garde indictment of the religion’s treatment of women.
In the other corner, clearly, stand revealed truth, male domination and tribal honour. Ale jest ciekawie, aktualnie i na czasie: As the death of Theo van Gogh and the recent events in Boston demonstrate, it is not the tolerant Muslims among us who want to harm, much less destroy, our western systems and institutions, but rather those who are unable to adapt mirder the alien, usually unwelcoming, totally self-focused milieu that comprises so much of the western world — and of those, the tiny minority who turn to ultra-extreme and ultra-literal interpretations of ancient texts for solace and direction.
On 2 NovemberDutch film-maker Theo van Gogh was shot in the stomach while cycling to work. The church, to be kept separate, then was Christian — be it Catholic or Calvinistic amwterdam today it is Islam. Mar 20, David rated it really liked it. They are no longer free to wander about in democratic Holland — for they are in fear of their lives.
He does have a tendency to treat minority groups as one uniform body, but even this burhma done amsterda, deliberate irony. I bet you’ve got one and I bet you’ve been asked, because you can’t pass a water-cooler without being hauled over to join the controversy.