Monday, November 17, 2008

Ethnic Dutch and young Muslims on a collission course

Two Dutch institutes, the Verwey-Jonker and Forum institutes published a report on young Muslims in The Netherlands last week. It noted that a group of Dutch Muslims are becoming more pious and try to make more room for their religious practices. Practices mentioned are: "the right to pray, not shaking hands, wearing a headscarve, time off on Muslim holidays".

The report also notes that the rest of Dutch society is less willing to accomodate Muslim practices.

Obviously Muslim society and the majority are coming in conflict with each other.

The report optimistically looks at ways in which Muslims can make e.g. their employers accept their practices.

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