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Nancy Foner, Jan Rath, Jan Willem Duyvendak, and Rogier van Reekum

Print publication date: 2014

Print ISBN-13: 9780814738092

Published to NYU Press Scholarship Online: March 2016

DOI: 10.18574/nyu/9780814738092.001.0001

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Governing through Religion in Amsterdam

Governing through Religion in Amsterdam

The Stigmatization of Ethnic Cultures and the Uses of Islam

(p.170) 6 Governing through Religion in Amsterdam
New York and Amsterdam

Justus Uitermark

Jan Willem Duyvendak

Jan Rath

NYU Press

This chapter analyzes how the Amsterdam government engaged with Islam and Muslim leaders and institutions. In the past decade the local government and civic society institutions have actively influenced the formation of a particular—more liberal and “Western-oriented”—type of Islam that has the potential to facilitate the integration of Muslims into Dutch society. As back ground to the analysis of local politics, the chapter first elaborates the notion of integration that is central to Dutch discourses of ethnic diversity. It then explains how religion, and especially Islam, came to be seen as a tool for integration by the Amsterdam government. It shows how the Amsterdam government selectively supported some Muslim associations and groups while disciplining others. The concluding section explains why the Amsterdam government's intimate engagement with Islam has come to an end.

Keywords:   Islam, Muslims, social policy, religion, Amsterdam government, integration, ethnic diversity, local government

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