Netherlands: Salafi Muslims don't believe in violence

Netherlands: Salafi Muslims don't believe in violence

Yet another study which comes to the conclusion that Salafists are not radical, they're just an 'average Orthodox movement".  Which I suppose is true, since about a third of all religious Muslims in the Netherlands are "receptive to Salafism".  Can't get more average than that.

See also: Netherlands: Salafism stagnating

Via RNW:

Traditionalist Salafi Muslims in the Netherlands disapprove of violence and reject it as a means of spreading their belief, according to research published by the University of Amsterdam.

Researchers at the Institute for Migration and Ethnic Studies found that Salafis constitute "an average orthodox movement". Although their world view, according to the academics, is "rigid and one-sided" they are not aspiring to fight Dutch society.

They are in fact trying to find a place within society, which is however hampered by the fanatical style of believing, being difficult to combine with a job or higher education.


The Amsterdam University researchers say it is hard to say how many Salafis there are in the Netherlands, as the orthodox Muslims are often declining to participate in polls. The academics did manage to estimate the total number of orthodox Muslims including other groups besides the Salafi at 40,000 to 65,000. That is some 5 percent of all Dutch Muslims. The entire group is decribed as "receptive to Salafism".