Murder in Amsterdam: Liberal Europe, Islam, and the Limits of Tolerence

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Penguin, Aug 28, 2007 - Political Science - 288 pages
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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 journalism, a book with the intimacy and narrative control of a crime novel and the analytical brilliance for which Buruma is renowned. On a cold November day in Amsterdam in 2004, the celebrated and controversial Dutch filmmaker Theo van Gogh was shot and killed by an Islamic extremist for making a movie that "insulted the prophet Mohammed." The murder sent shock waves across Europe and around the world. Shortly thereafter, Ian Buruma returned to his native land to investigate the event and its larger meaning as part of the great dilemma of our time.
 

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Mohammed Bouyeri was 26 years old when he not only shot Theo van Gogh several times but slashed his throat with a machete as well. He ended his assault by stabbing a note into Van Gogh's lifeless body ... Read full review

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This is a fascinating and thorough look at the contemporary social/political scene in Holland, where a massive influx of rural Moroccan immigrants, some of whom practice takfir, a particularly extreme ... Read full review

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Ian Buruma is editor of The New York Review of Books. His previous books include Their Promised Land, Year ZeroThe China LoverMurder in AmsterdamOccidentalism, God's Dust, Behind the Mask, The Wages of Guilt, Bad Elementsand Taming the Gods.

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