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Islamophobia and Securitisation

The Dutch Case

Palgrave Macmillan
  • Examines how national policies are translated and enacted into local level practices

  • Explores the broader media, public and political contexts

  • Draws on qualitative data with some quantitative statistics

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Table of contents (10 chapters)

  1. Front Matter

    Pages i-xiii
  2. Understanding Radicalisation, Securitisation and Islamophobia

    1. Front Matter

      Pages 1-1
    2. Introduction

      • Liselotte Welten, Tahir Abbas
      Pages 3-11
    3. Migration, Islamophobia, and Securitisation

      • Liselotte Welten, Tahir Abbas
      Pages 13-19
    4. Radicalisation as a Social Phenomenon

      • Liselotte Welten, Tahir Abbas
      Pages 21-28
  3. Politicised Media Discourse

    1. Front Matter

      Pages 29-29
    2. Trial by Media: “Creating a Spectacle”

      • Liselotte Welten, Tahir Abbas
      Pages 31-40
    3. Islamophobia as an “Electoral Gain”

      • Liselotte Welten, Tahir Abbas
      Pages 41-51
    4. Helicopter Governance: “The Analysts Only Look at the Numbers”

      • Liselotte Welten, Tahir Abbas
      Pages 53-64
  4. Muslim Community Resilience

    1. Front Matter

      Pages 65-65
    2. Qur’anic Education: “Nobody is ‘Woke’”

      • Liselotte Welten, Tahir Abbas
      Pages 77-87
    3. Self-Policing: “Mosques Don’t Want to Have a Blemished Name”

      • Liselotte Welten, Tahir Abbas
      Pages 89-96
    4. Conclusion

      • Liselotte Welten, Tahir Abbas
      Pages 97-105
  5. Back Matter

    Pages 107-111

About this book

"This thought-provoking and provocative interview-based study fills an important academic lacuna in exploring the Dutch Muslim community’s views on public discourse, government policies, and media portrayal regarding (counter-)radicalization."

—Rik Peels, Associate Professor, Vrije Universiteit Amsterdam, the Netherlands

"The authors offer a vivid and necessary analysis, and critically reflect on the relation between Islamophobia and radicalisation. The book is, therefore, an essential point of departure for scholars, students, policymakers, and journalists."

—Martijn de Koning, Associate Professor, Radboud University Nijmegen, the Netherlands


This book examines how Muslim communities in the Netherlands perceive and experience extremism, counter-radicalisation policies, and Islamophobia. It is based on the findings of two original qualitative research investigations conducted in the Netherlands, in which thirty scholars, imams, mosque board members, and representatives of Islamic organisations were interviewed. The book delves into topics such as the politicisation of the Dutch media, misunderstandings about ‘radicalisation’ and how they contribute to securitisation, and how Dutch Muslims have been confronted with the dilemma of dealing with radicalisation on their own, while also facing further vilification, securitisation, and Islamophobia, all of which continue to be issues. Additionally, the study examines the significance of ‘radical Salafi’ ideology and recruitment techniques as seen by Dutch Muslim communities.

Liselotte Welten is an independent researcher based in the Netherlands. 

Tahir Abbas is Professor of Radicalisation Studies at the Institute of Security and Global Affairs at Leiden University in The Hague, the Netherlands. 


Keywords

  • hate studies
  • extremism
  • security
  • political sociology
  • Counter-Terrorism
  • securitisation
  • crime and society

Reviews

“This is an essential volume for scholars interested in issues like identity, Islamophobia, radicalisation, violent extremism, and how academic research, and subsequent policy, directly affects the experiences of Muslim Communities.” (Jonathan Githens-Mazer, Associate Professor, University of Exeter, England) 

“Exciting book that contributes to ongoing explorative research about the (side)effects of counter-radicalism and counter-extremism legislation and policies in the Netherlands. The focus on the experience and perspective of Muslims adds significantly to the depth of academic, socio-political debates about securitisation and islamophobia in Western-Europe.” (Quirine Eijkman, Lecturer in Access to Law, Hogeschool Utrecht, Netherlands) 

“The term ‘radical’ has almost become an empty signifier since it is being interchangeably used with extremism, terrorism, fundamentalism and violence by political figures, media outlets and even many scholars. The nuance among these terms was much more clear in the past. However, this book stands out with its critical gaze. The authors of this work clearly depict the relational nature of the processes of radicalization that lead self-identified Muslims in the Netherlands to become more affiliated with essentialist forms of Islamic identity as a response to the structural, historical, societal and political forms of discrimination and exclusion as well as the practices of securitization of Islam and migration observable in the counter-radicalisation programs. I would like to welcome this book with a great appreciation.” (Ayhan Kaya, Istanbul Bilgi University, Turkey) 

“Guided by compelling empirical data and a penetrating analysis, this book provides illuminating insights into the complexities of Islamophobia and the securitization of Dutch Muslims. Welten and Abbas provide a concise and yet rich study that deftly navigates from a bird’s eye view of the political landscape to the lived experience of diverse Muslim interlocutors whose voices are too often excluded.” (Jasmin Zine, Professor, Wilfrid Laurier University, Canada)

Authors and Affiliations

  • Independent Researcher, The Hague, The Netherlands

    Liselotte Welten

  • Institute of Security and Global Affairs, Leiden University, The Hague, The Netherlands

    Tahir Abbas

About the authors

Liselotte Welten is an independent researcher based in the Netherlands. 

Tahir Abbas is Professor of Radicalisation Studies at the Institute of Security and Global Affairs at Leiden University in The Hague, the Netherlands. 


Bibliographic Information

Buying options

eBook USD 39.99
Price excludes VAT (USA)
  • ISBN: 978-3-031-06205-6
  • Instant PDF download
  • Readable on all devices
  • Own it forever
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  • Tax calculation will be finalised during checkout
Hardcover Book USD 49.99
Price excludes VAT (USA)