Islamophobia in Belgium

This article represents one part of a vast research project undertaken between 2013 and 2015 on the reciprocal views Muslims and non-Muslims in Belgium, and particularly in Brussels, have of one another, and the relationships they maintain. It is above all a question of understanding how reciprocal...

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Published in:Journal of Muslims in Europe
Authors: Maréchal, Brigitte ; Bocquet, Celestine ; Dassetto, Felice 1941-
Format: Electronic Article
Language:English
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Published: Brill 2016
In: Journal of Muslims in Europe
Year: 2016, Volume: 5, Issue: 2, Pages: 224-250
Further subjects:B Islamophobia critical analysis—relationships discourses practices fears weariness adjustments reciprocity Belgium freedom of expression discrimination effects of discourses
Online Access: Volltext (Verlag)
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Summary:This article represents one part of a vast research project undertaken between 2013 and 2015 on the reciprocal views Muslims and non-Muslims in Belgium, and particularly in Brussels, have of one another, and the relationships they maintain. It is above all a question of understanding how reciprocal tensions and adjustments are constructed. The various treatments the topic of Islamophobia receives represent one of them. Hence this article tries to evaluate the attitudes on each side with respect to this societal phenomenal and this concept. In addition to year-long observations carried out in Brussels, it is based on three evenings during which ten privileged interlocutors discussed this topic in-depth. Carried out before the Brussels attacks of March 22nd, 2016, this study provides a better grasp of how anxieties, or even a spiral of reciprocal accusations, are able to develop, and questions the uses of the category Islamophobia and its counterproductive character.
ISSN:2211-7954
Contains:In: Journal of Muslims in Europe
Persistent identifiers:DOI: 10.1163/22117954-12341330