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Striving for Allah

Purification and Resistance among Fundamentalist Muslims in the Netherlands

Striving for Allah
  • Jaar van uitgave 2014
  • 284 pagina's
Auteur:dr. mr. Fiore Geelhoed
Rubriek: Criminologie en veiligheid Criminologie
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Islamic fundamentalist movements such as Salafism are of great concern to Western societies like the Netherlands, yet much remains unknown about these phenomena. Striving for Allah aims to fill in the blanks by presenting primary data from in-depth qualitative research in the Netherlands and, to a lesser extent, Britain. Firstly, this study distinguishes orthodox, radical and extremist groups within Islamic fundamentalism regarding attitudes, motives, reasons, and behaviour. Secondly, it presents an innovative theoretical framework that helps to understand the attraction of these different fundamentalist currents to individuals from Muslim families and to converts, an important group that is often overlooked.The author finds that Dutch Muslim fundamentalists are not as ‘other’ as is commonly assumed. Instead, her research demonstrates that Islamic fundamentalism among these Muslims is to a large extent a Western, and hence a truly glocal phenomenon.


criminologists, sociologists, psychologists, politicologists, researchers and practitioners in the field of terrorism and radicalisation


Fiore Geelhoed is Assistant Professor of Criminology at VU University Amsterdam. After having obtained a law degree from the University of Groningen and a criminological master at the University of Barcelona, she conducted this PhD study on fundamentalist Muslims at the Erasmus University Rotterdam. Her dissertation ‘Purification and resistance: Glocal meanings of Islamic fundamentalism in the Netherlands’ was awarded a shared second place for the Willem Nagelprijs 2014, a three-annual prize for the best doctoral dissertation in Criminology in the Netherlands and Flanders.