By Michel Hoebink
Young Dutch Moroccans are increasingly turning to their religion. Anthropologist Martijn de Koning says this is a direct result of the current polarisation of the debate on Islam.
"Even before 9/11 there was already an increase in interest for religion among young Moroccans," says Martijn de Koning. "But once the debate on Islam flared up, their interest increased enormously."
When during the late 1990s, Mr De Koning was finishing off his anthropology degree, he decided to research religious experience under young Moroccans at the same mosque in Gouda where he had supervised homework sessions during his study. At the time, the general perception was that young people were turning away from their religion. But things went differently.
Mr De Koning stresses that the type of Islam that young ethnic Moroccans have embraced has not taken on a solid character. Whether it will, depends mainly on the development of the Islam debate in the public arena. The researcher expects young ethnic Moroccans to get involved in the debate, which they have avoided so far. Now that appears to have changed.
"A group of more politically committed young people have gradually come to feel strong enough verbally and well educated enough to engage in a direct confrontation."
In other words:
SHUT THE HELL UP INFIDELS...YOU ARE JUST MAKING THESE POOR INNOCENT MOSLEMS INTO JIHADISTS...
IT WILL BE YOUR FAULT IF MORE TRAINS, PLANES & AUTOMOBILES BLOW UP ! ! !
1) Why young Moroccans embrace Islam