: 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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Murder in Amsterdam: The Death of Theo van Gogh and the Limits of Tolerance

The complete review ‘s Review:. The murder in Amsterdam at the centre of Ian Buruma’s book is that of filmmaker Theo van Gogh in November by the Dutch son of Moroccan immigrants, acting “out of faith” because he felt obliged to “cut off the heads of al those who insult Allah and his prophet” in other words, the act of someone entirely deluded and misguided.

Buruma offers an interesting account of what led up to the crime and the parties involved in what is one of the most striking examples to date of the clash of cultures being played out especially in western Europe, where what likes to consider itself a tolerant and open society has to deal with the children of the often Islamic immigrants that have settled there en masse in recent decades.

The provocative and often deliberately insulting filmmaker van Gogh is presented very much as a child of his times — and his confrontational if, in a sense, good-humoured approach as something that was amsterdwm or less understood and accepted in tolerant Holland. Meanwhile, his murderer, Mohammed Bouyeri, was a youth who for a time seemed to have some potential to become a productive member of society but instead became radicalized, embracing Islam, and coming to take it very, very seriously — arguably because he could not find his place in Dutch society although he seems always to have had what can be called anger management issues — i.


Buruma offers a good portrait of Holland and the changing conditions there: In 45 per cent of Amsterdam’s population was “of foreign origin”, and Buruma says projections suggest it will be 52 per cent in murdef though he doesn’t look at the demographics more closely, not making clear how ‘foreign’ that population really is i.

Murder in Amsterdam

Some ghettoization has occurred, and Buruma makes a murddr case that it is especially the displaced second-generation — the children of the original, often poorly educated immigrants who were made to feel at home in neither their parents’ culture, nor in Holland itself — that have the most difficulty in finding a place for themselves and hence in some cases act out in unacceptable ways. Some of the evidence, however, requires more explanation, as when he repeats a psychiatrist’s claim that: The appeal of the ultimate irrationality, religion, — and especially Islam, which has so readily been abused for the most intolerant and outrageous actions in recent times lan to those who can not find a hold elsewhere comes as no surprise, but proves very bhruma in an open society.

In each country the situation is a different one, both from the approach to those who choose to jan there to the outside influences they bring with them: 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.


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.

The case is too clear-cut: Bouyeri is a weak, pathetic thug who couldn’t channel his personal failure any other way than to harm another human being. The Allah-excuse is a feeble one; Bouyeri’s belief that his act was in some way the ‘right’ thing to do nothing more than a delusion.

His acting out fortunately remains an extreme example and certainly there’s an interest in keeping those from similar or, indeed, any circumstances from following down the same path, but given his unique circumstances it’s not clear what the solutions might be. 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’.

There are useful reminders of how intolerant parts of the Dutch model were until relatively recently: 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.

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. An interesting social-historical account, but not entirely satisfying as a discussion of the issues.

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