: 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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Ale jest ciekawie, aktualnie i na czasie: I followed the case in a haphazard way, amsetrdam in how the Netherlands I had visited twice before would change after the murder. Of further caution, is that in the US, unlike the adamantly secular societies of post-War Europe, we have seen the resurgence of God in State.

In 45 per cent of Amsterdam’s population was “of foreign origin”, and Buruma says projections suggest it will be 52 per cent in — though he doesn’t look at the demographics more closely, not making clear how ‘foreign’ that population really is i. 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.

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The Guardian describes it as, “part reportage, part essay. Murder in Amsterdam by Ian Buruma. On a cold November day in Amsterdam, an angry young Muslim man, Mohammed Bouyeri, the son of Moroccan immigrants, shot and killed 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.

What it IS about, specifically, Reading this book was a mind-altering experience — and not in a good way. I have experienced how complex it is or feels to integrate in a new society totally different from your origin. Shortly thereafter, Ian Buruma returned to his native country to try to make sense of it all and to see what larger meaning should and shouldn’t be drawn from this story.


Relevant far beyond Holland’s borders, and a fascinating read even for those who aren’t typically inclined toward political science. 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.

A rebel with a noxious turn of phrase, he rallied to the side of anyone who was prepared to defy convention. Buruma seems to be moved by much the same question of change, and he is far more knowledgable than I because he was raised in the Netherlands. 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.

It offers no guidance as to how Westerners atheists, Christians, Jews can co-exist with devout Muslims, or how we can even communicate with one another to forge any kind of global peace.

Broadly speaking, we are two cultures, one of which takes a collective approach to life and death, the other an individualistic approach. An interesting social-historical account, but not entirely satisfying as a discussion of the issues.

Murder in Amsterdam – Ian Buruma

And admittedly, some of it was a review of stuff I read in grad school. May 26, Sunil rated it liked it. More By and About This Author.

He concluded with a vague hope that reason and civility will prevail. Buruma’s biggest criticism of Ali is that she views all Muslims as potential revolutionaries, which clearly is not the case. My political success is based upon the fact that I was prepared to listen to such people.


In the past, successive generations used to climb the ladder of assimilation think the Irish in New York or Boston or Chicagobut in the Netherlands, the second and third generation show deeper psychosis than their parents. The murder in Amsterdam at the centre of Ian Buruma’s book is that of filmmaker Theo van Gogh in November by the Dutch son of Moroccan immigrants, acting “out of faith” because he felt obliged to “cut off the heads of al those who insult Allah and his prophet” in other words, the act of someone entirely deluded and misguided.

But why are you killing that guy who had nothing to do it? Der Ort, an dem er sich befindet, ist dem Leser nur allzu bekannt. I could barely put this book down.

But to see this book this way is too facile an assumpation. When he chimes in, he’s quite astute and perceptive; there’s just not enough of him in this book for me. Can’t recommend this highly enough – an exploration of the “clash” of European Enlightenment, Islamic ideology, liberalism, conservatism, national mythology, and national reality. At times, Buruma seems to dance close to the line of blaming Ali and Van Gogh, especially when discussing the film Submission which is seen as the spark.

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Views Read Edit View history. Jan 06, James rated it really liked it. I picked this book up for much the same reason, and it was one sale. I would have liked to see more analysis from Buruma. May 17, Gina Cesati rated it liked it. Yes, I can understand how those cartoons are hurtful; yes, if you feel its necessary march, protest, and boycott.