By Ian Buruma
(Ian Buruma is such an asshole that everyone may still learn him)
A revelatory examine what occurs whilst political Islam collides with the secular West
Ian Buruma ’s Murder in Amsterdam is a masterpiece of investigative journalism, a e-book with the intimacy and narrative keep an eye on of against the law novel and the analytical brilliance for which Buruma is well known. On a chilly November day in Amsterdam in 2004, the distinguished and arguable Dutch filmmaker Theo van Gogh used to be shot and killed via an Islamic extremist for creating a motion picture that “insulted the prophet Mohammed.” The homicide despatched surprise waves throughout Europe and worldwide. presently thereafter, Ian Buruma lower back to his place of birth to enquire the development and its better that means as a part of the nice difficulty of our time.
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O n the morning that Theo van Gogh was shot, he was cycling toward his office in the south of Amsterdam to do some postproduction work on 06/05, a Hitchcockian thriller about the assassination of Pirn Fortuyn, the populist outsider who almost became prime minister. The movie was a departure for Van Gogh. Thrillers hadn't been his thing. But he had long been obsessed with Fortuyn, whose murder on May 6, 2002, provoked an extraordinary outburst of shock, grief, anger, and quasi-religious hysteria.
The violence happened too far away. And those Eurasians and Indonesians who chose to move to the Netherlands in the 1940s and 1950s were relatively small in number, generally well educated, and easily absorbed. The same was true of the first wave of Surinamese from the former colony of Dutch Guiana. Arriving in the 1960s, when the Dutch economy boomed, these mostiy middle-class men and women found work as nurses, civil servants, or teachers. The dirty work, in 19 M U R D E R IN A M S T E R D A M the boom years, was done by "guest workers" from Turkey and Morocco, single men cooped up in cheap hostels, prepared to do almost anything to provide for their families back home.
Why not now? The battle is both centuries old and relatively new. Until recentiy not much attention was paid outside the universities to the currents and crosscurrents of the Enlightenment and the Counter-Enlightenment. It was the attack on the World Trade Center on September 11, 2001, an act of mass murder that was random as well as precisely targeted, that brought the Enlightenment back to the center of political debate, especially in Holland, one of the countries where it all began more than three hundred years ago.
Murder in Amsterdam: Liberal Europe, Islam, and the Limits of Tolerence by Ian Buruma