Thursday, July 31, 2014

Dutch Media Discussion on “Gangster Islam”

In some Dutch media, a discussion has started on a phenomenon called, “Gangster Islam”.  The psychologist, Timon Dias, writes that the synthesis between criminality, street life and Islamic religion is a unique European phenomenon.  One of its characteristics is that its members are criminals with a Muslim background who are not very religious, yet see themselves as part of the Muslim community.  However criminal they are, they will never say anything negative about Islam.  The Muslim ex-politician, Ibrahim Wijbenga, who warns of the growing influence of the Gangster-Islam, points out that many of the jihadis and the young Muslim extremists have a criminal past.  Wijbenga has often been threatened with physical violence, and has had to have police protection.

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