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Islamic Militant Activism in Belgium, The Netherlands and Germany

"Islands in a Sea of Disbelief"

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  • Treats Islamic militant activism as a particular mode of resistance which, following Foucault, the authors term "counter-conduct."
  • Analyzes the nature of the da?wa activism and, in particular, how it develops in a continuous interaction between the networks, the media and the government.
  • Based upon analyses of texts, video-statements, interviews and ethnography.

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Table of contents (6 chapters)


About this book

Based on ethnographic research in Belgium, The Netherlands, and Germany, this book presents a novel approach to studying Muslim militant activism. While much existing research focuses on the process of radicalization, these authors introduce a different set of questions that investigate specific modes of activism, and their engagement with dominant discourses and practices in media and state policies. Drawing on social movement theory and Foucault’s work on counter-conduct, this research explores how daʿwa networks came about, and how activists developed themselves in interaction with state and media practices. This perspective highlights a form of activism and resistance in which activists turn against policies and debates centring on Muslims and Islam, while attempting to create and protect an alternative space for themselves in which they can experience Islam according to their own perception of it.

The study will contribute to debates about resistance, social movements and militant activism among Muslims in Europe.

Authors and Affiliations

  • Radboud University Nijmegen, Nijmegen, The Netherlands

    Martijn de Koning

  • Leibniz University Hannover, Hannover, Germany

    Carmen Becker

  • NTA Consultancy, Amsterdam, The Netherlands

    Ineke Roex

About the authors

Martijn de Koning is Postdoctoral Researcher and Lecturer at Radboud University Nijmegen and the University of Amsterdam, The Netherlands.

Carmen Becker is Postdoctoral Researcher at Leibniz University Hannover, Germany.

Ineke Roex is Head of the Research Department of NTA Consultancy, and previously Postdoctoral Researcher at the University of Amsterdam, The Netherlands.

Bibliographic Information

  • Book Title: Islamic Militant Activism in Belgium, The Netherlands and Germany

  • Book Subtitle: "Islands in a Sea of Disbelief"

  • Authors: Martijn de Koning, Carmen Becker, Ineke Roex

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  • Publisher: Palgrave Macmillan Cham

  • eBook Packages: Social Sciences, Social Sciences (R0)

  • Copyright Information: The Editor(s) (if applicable) and The Author(s), under exclusive license to Springer Nature Switzerland AG 2020

  • Hardcover ISBN: 978-3-030-42206-6Published: 26 June 2020

  • Softcover ISBN: 978-3-030-42209-7Published: 26 June 2021

  • eBook ISBN: 978-3-030-42207-3Published: 25 June 2020

  • Edition Number: 1

  • Number of Pages: XI, 361

  • Topics: Political Sociology, Ethnicity Studies, Islam, Sociology of Religion

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