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ERIC Number: EJ767514
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2006
Pages: 13
Abstractor: ERIC
Reference Count: 35
ISSN: ISSN-1056-4934
Public Debates over Islam and the Awareness of Muslim Identity in the Netherlands
Shadid, Wasif A.
European Education, v38 n2 p10-22 Sum 2006
Immigration and integration, especially in terms of Muslim people in the Netherlands, has become one of the most critical issues in the Dutch political arena. Issues related to Islam and the position of its adherents in the country are discussed daily in parliament, school administrations, the corporate world, and the media. In the wake of various national and international developments in the last decade, the Dutch government has shifted its multicultural perspective on Dutch society, with far-reaching consequences for educational policy. Moreover, the government has tightened its regulations for entering the country and for subsidizing activities designed to preserve the native cultures of immigrants in general. To understand fully the reasons for the drastic changes in Dutch immigration and integration policies and to be able to put current developments into perspective, it is important to survey the course of Muslim immigration in recent history and consider the awareness in Dutch society of these groups and their religion. This article traces the developments in public and political discourses on Islam in the Netherlands. These developments were spanned into four decades and which were divided into three periods: (1) the period of negligence; (2) the period of awareness and ethnicization of Islam; and (3) the period of stigmatization and exclusion. (Contains 3 notes.)
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Descriptive
Education Level: N/A
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Language: English
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Identifiers - Location: Netherlands