: 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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Fairly in depth investigation and analysis of the societal collision of liberal Holland and Muslim culture in the form of immigrants and refugees! Buruma, at times, seems a bit conflicted in a thesis for the book.

Still, given rapidly changing circumstances economic, social, educational, and others it’s unclear what lessons can be leant — or might be applicable — from this even in just the near future. Jan 30, Jay Connor rated it it was amazing. Buruma’s book describes the special Dutch conditions and circumstances, and while it is illuminating — even just in the questions it raises offering, as it does, few answers — hardly allows for larger lessons that are applicable throughout Europe much less America, where the immigrant-experience and the immigrant-related issues tend to be completely different ones.

America needs to figure out this puzzle, not only to rescue our foreign policy, but to also preserve our unique freedoms as a country. I don’t know the answers.

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Buruma suggests many of the reasons there is friction, problems, and the potential for disasters such as the murder of Theo van Goghas well as the difficulties of remaining ‘tolerant’. An interesting social-historical account, but not entirely satisfying as a discussion of the issues. What’s your view of the niqab?

Even Ennahda has shifted its politics considerably– as an Islamist movement it simply could murdee gain political support and had to moderate itself to the point where it no longer could characterize itself as Islamist or Islamic democracy, but as a party of democratic Muslims.


Und Buruma wirkt amsgerdam ratlos, wie wir es alle sind.

Review: Murder in Amsterdam by Ian Buruma | Books | The Guardian

There are amsgerdam reminders of how intolerant parts of the Dutch model were until relatively recently: If anything, Buruma seems to feel that the problems are caused by a “welfare state” that for good or bad intentions, sections off a part of its society.

Dec 28, Lightreads rated it really liked it Shelves: The only problem for murdwr was trying to comprehend the accent of the reader of the audio book. Jul 24, Wendy Capron rated it really liked it. The KKK can march in Grey’s Ferry, and the mayor can say, “go ahead, but we don’t have enough cops, just so nuruma know. I felt that his approach was an objective and honest analysis of the challenges of immigration within Holland.

Islamic fundamentalism poses a particular problem — amsterdqm 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. Very hard to follow and we just could not get into it.

Shortly thereafter, Ian Buruma returned to his native country to try to make sense of it all and to see what larger meaning should and shouldn’t be drawn from this story. He concluded with a vague hope that reason and civility will prevail.

Murder in Amsterdam by Ian Buruma

Just as relevant today as it was a decade ago. Enlightenment values are, for them, not merely universal, since they derive from reason, but they are ‘our’ universals, rooted in Western culture.

This is by far the best, most balanced exposition I’ve read of the larger issue of how democracies are going to maintain their core values while mainstreaming Muslim values Taking from my experience and stories in this book, I am tempted to say that it is you who are in charge on how you want to perceive yourself in the new situation.


If current projections are correct, this will be 52 per cent by Discover what to read next. Some of the evidence, however, requires more explanation, as when he repeats a psychiatrist’s claim that: Jan 24, Mikey B. Ian Buruma returns to his native land to explore the great dilemma of our time through the story of the brutal murder of controversial Dutch filmmaker Theo van Gogh at the hands of an Islamic extremist.

It was the emblematic crime of our moment: Maybe it is just the way it is, the discourse about “Muslim in the West” or “Islam versus the West” is still to be continued. Having read Imam Samudra’s handwritten memoir, I also doubt his comprehensive understanding about the West whom he hated so much. Retrieved 27 January 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.

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View all 9 comments. Still, given rapidly changing circumstances economic, social, educational, and others it’s unclear what lessons can be leant oan or might be applicable — from this even in just the near future.

After Bouyeri shot van Gogh, he calmly stood over the body and cut his throat with a curved machete, as if performing a ritual sacrifice, which in a very real sense he was.