: 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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Some of the evidence, however, requires more explanation, as when he repeats a psychiatrist’s claim that: I’m able to appreciate how Buruma walks a very tricky line but I feel he’s being a rather innocuous victim of his own crime.

Views Read Edit View history. The book poses many good questions about just how far the West is willing to take its tolerance, and also how far Muslims are willing to assimilate. I just know that we need to pay attention to the questions.

Yes, I can understand how those cartoons are hurtful; yes, if you feel its necessary march, protest, and boycott.

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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’. A compelling bit of reportage on a sensational case. I have experienced how complex it is or umrder to integrate in a amsferdam society totally different from your origin.

Some ghettoization has occurred, and Buruma makes a good case that it is especially the displaced second-generation amsterdm 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.


How do I put this delicately?

Where their parents were depressed dealing with the maze of the citythe children are schizophrenic. Here, we have streakers who get tasered. Parts of it were fascinating to me, but I felt like I was slogging thru much of the book. Jan lan, James rated it really liked it.

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.

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. 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.

No contest, you might think. Jul 24, Wendy Capron rated it really liked it. Books of the Week. My political success is based upon the fact that I was prepared to listen to such people. 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.

Theo van Gogh’s murderer, a Moroccan Dutchman called Mohammed Bouyeri, pinned to the dead man’s chest a note seething with radical Islamist rhetoric.

All-in-all this is a sobering account. And we need to make more effort to understand, rather than turning away from what we do not understand.


Murder in Amsterdam

amsterdxm And admittedly, some of it was a review of stuff I read in grad school. Theo Van Gogh was a controversial public figure and filmmaker. Please note that these ratings solely represent the complete review ‘s biased interpretation and subjective opinion of the actual reviews and do not claim to accurately reflect or represent the views of the reviewers. Maybe it is just the way mmurder is, the discourse about “Muslim in the West” or “Islam versus the West” is still to be continued.

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Buruma offers an interesting account muredr 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.

Buruma offers an interesting account, and a lot of insight into the Dutch world, but ultimately the van Gogh amxterdam isn’t all that revealing. Shortly thereafter, Ian Buruma returned to his native country to try smsterdam make sense of it all and to see what larger meaning should and shouldn’t be drawn from this story.

With Somali-Dutch politician Ayaan Hirsi Ali, he made a film called Submission, in which verses from the Koran were projected on to women’s naked bodies in a not very subtle attempt to display the oppression of women in Muslim communities.