: 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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Theo Van Gogh angered a lot of people, by his remarks and the making of the film Submission with Ayaan Hirsi Ali which would be his downfall.

Murder in Amsterdam by Ian Buruma

Jun 12, Negin rated it really liked it Shelves: I was given insight on why and how Islamic extremists groups form and why a young immigrant Muslim man, whose host country failed to provide him with rich opportunities, would revert back to fundamentalism. I am very glad I read this book.

I would have liked to see more analysis from Buruma. He is clearly critical of Ayaan Hirsi Ali, but also has a great deal of respect for amsterda after all, her own political faction has, at times, turned against her simply for being Muslim. I am quite familiar or rather bored with each other’s claims and accusations.

Ian Buruma provides no easy answers. Can a bridge be made of Muslim integration into Holland Europe or will the gulf continue to widen and with it senseless and fanatical violence?

The complete review ‘s Review:. The French scholar Olivier Roy is right: For his sister to have sex was to impugn the buru,a honour. Some ghettoization has occurred, and Buruma makes a good case that it is especially the displaced second-generation — 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.


This article is about the book on the murder of Ansterdam van Gogh in Amsterdam. Relevant far beyond Holland’s borders, and a fascinating read even for those who aren’t typically inclined toward political science.

An interesting social-historical account, but not entirely satisfying as a discussion of the issues. The ultimate question is: I read this book for my book club and 3 out of 4 of us could not get through it, including me. The provocative and often deliberately insulting filmmaker van Gogh is presented very much as a child of his times — and his confrontational if, in a sense, good-humoured approach as something that was more or less understood and accepted in tolerant Holland.

Here, we have streakers who get tasered. Buruma argues that conservatives have “commandeered” the liberal values of the European Enlightenment to portray Islam and Western culture as “competing, hostile versions of absolute truth. Quotes from Murder in Amsterd Very hard to follow and we just could not get into it. The case is too clear-cut: The only problem for me was trying to comprehend the accent of the reader of the audio book.

One of the results culminated in the killing of Theo van Gogh in the streets of Amsterdam.

This Amsterdxm brilliant investigation of the tension between the liberal Enlightenment values particularly tolerance for others’ beliefs ubruma in European government and the need for institutional response to a growing group of immigrants who do not share those values.

Ian Buruma returns to his native land to explore the great dilemma of our time through the amsterdwm of the brutal murder of controversial Dutch filmmaker Theo van Gogh at the hands of an Islamic extremist. My political success is based upon the fact that I was prepared amsyerdam listen to such people.

It was also a rich exploration of the history of Dutch tolerance — particularly since World War II, when, Buruma says and this was something I hadn’t knownmany Dutch people felt that their country had not done anywhere near enough to protect its Jews from extermination.

Buruma offers a good portrait of Holland and the changing conditions there: Denn letztere begreifen nicht, wie sie ersteren in die Falle tappen und exakt den Reflex zeigen, den die Islamisten hervorlocken wollen.


Yet he is careful to acknowledge that nowhere near all Muslims are revolutionary. Bouyeri is a weak, pathetic thug who couldn’t channel his personal failure any other way than to harm another human being. This book provides nuances to my hero worship of Ayaan Hirsi Ali, which is not a bad thing. I also learn burua the book about the problems of integration. It is more sociological.

It made me angry; it made my head ache; it exhausted me; it frustrated me. If current projections are amstervam, this will be 52 per cent by Enlightenment values are, for them, not merely universal, since they derive from reason, but they are ‘our’ universals, rooted in Western culture.

Murder in Amsterdam

If anything, Buruma seems to feel that the problems are burumx by a “welfare state” that for butuma or bad intentions, sections off a part of its society. A Muslim Dutch citizen shot and stabbed Van Gogh. May 26, Sunil rated it liked it. How do I put this delicately?

The best part of his book is the last section, where the people he seems to interview offer the best analysis. Preview — Murder in Amsterdam by Ian Buruma. Both did not regret their action and did not submit to the law against which they were being tried. A compelling bit of reportage on a sensational case. Having read Imam Samudra’s handwritten memoir, I also doubt his comprehensive understanding about the West whom he hated so much. Tom Cruise has the right to sound like an idiotic jerk, and I have the right to refuse to see anything he’s in.