: 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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After Bouyeri shot van Gogh, he calmly stood over the body and cut his throat with a curved machete, as if performing a ritual sacrifice, which in a very real sense he was.

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I also learn from the book about the problems of integration. May 08, Bill rated it really liked it Shelves: But he makes some good points when he is editorializing, namely that a tolerant society is by no means necessarily a non-racist society, that Islamism bears more in common with more classically “Western” schools of thought than it may seem at first glance, and that anti-Semitism, Islamophobia, and occidentalism share more commonalities than differences.

As a history of the issues, beliefs, laws, events, factions, and social and political undertows that led to the Theo van Gogh’s murder, I found Murder in Amsterdam entirely satisfactory.

He concluded with a vague hope that reason and civility will prevail. Those Muslims or ex-Muslims who speak out and criticize how aspects of Islam are intolerant of basic Western values like the emancipation of women are forced to have bodyguards.

I believe in freedom of speech. When Dutch anti-immigration politician Pim Fortuyn who was also murdered, though not by a Muslim was asked about his hostility to Islamhe said: I felt that his approach was an objective and honest analysis of the challenges of immigration within Holland. Jan 30, Michelle rated it liked it.

Murder in Amsterdam – Ian Buruma

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. Bouyeri is a weak, pathetic thug who couldn’t channel his personal failure any other way than to harm another human being. 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 — i 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.


Ian Buruma is a British-Dutch writer and academic, much buruuma whose work focuses on the culture of Asia, particularly that bkruma 20th-century Japan, where he lived and worked for many years.

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’.

Buruma spends most of it recounting significant social movements with pithy accuracy, and the rest casting an unflinching eye over scholars, politicians, critics, activists, fundamentalists, and bystanders. When I was in Europe four years ago, I was shocked to see a church in my old hometown that had turned into a mosque.

Buruma doesn’t give us any answers here, but it still makes for fascinating and interesting reading on the clash between the Enlightenment and hatred for what it stands for, I wanted to re-read this book after the terrorism in San Bernardino.

I wish he would have drawn some conclusions, even if they were ambivalent, or at least stated what he believed. He does have a tendency to treat minority groups as one uniform body, but even this is done with deliberate irony. Similarly the nuruma quotes chosen here are merely those the complete review subjectively believes represent the tenor and judgment of the review as a whole.

Yet he is careful to acknowledge that nowhere near all Muslims are revolutionary.

Murder in Amsterdam – Wikipedia

I’d like to write on this, need some more time to compose my thoughts. He is deliberate and lightly mocking throughout, and absolutely no one is spared. On a cold November day in Amsterdam, an angry young Muslim man, Mohammed Bouyeri, the son of Moroccan immigrants, shot and killed the celebrated and controversial Dutch filmmaker Theo van Gogh, great-grandnephew of Vincent and iconic European provocateur, for making a movie with the vocally anti-Islam Somali-born Dutch politician Ayaan Hirsi Ali that “blasphemed” Islam.


The only problem for me was trying to comprehend the accent of the reader of the audio book. An diesem Punkt krankt Burumas ansonsten sehr erhellender Text.

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Some of the evidence, however, requires more explanation, as when he repeats a psychiatrist’s claim that: It was a bit preachy and all over the place. An interesting social-historical account, but not entirely satisfying as a discussion of the issues.

The author writes of the murder of Theo Van Gogh a controversial filmmaker, personality in Amsterdam. Thanks for telling us about the problem. If you take the story at its face, it’s really quite well done. Buruma offers a good portrait of Holland and the changing conditions there: Buruma gives us some comfort in a conversation with the Dutch Historian, Geert Mak, when Mak insists: Buruma refuses to blame the victim, though, giving equal weight to critics who insist Islam must adapt to European culture rather than the other way around, like Ayaan Hirsi Ali, a Dutch politician who scripted van Gogh’s final film, an avant-garde indictment of the religion’s treatment of women.