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Author Geelhoed, Fiore.

Title Striving for Allah - Purification and Resistance among Fundamentalist Muslims in the Netherlands
Published [Place of publication not identified] : International Specialized Book Services, 2014
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Contents Cover; Title page; PREFACE; CONTENTS; FIGURES; INTRODUCTION; 1 REMOVING THE VEIL; 1.1 Islamic Fundamentalism in the West: The Dutch Case and a British Impression; 1.2 Getting Started: Three Research Methods; 1.2.1 Conducting Interviews; 1.2.2 Getting in Place for Observation; 1.2.3 Exploring Online Interactions; 1.3 Ethical Issues when Entering the Field; 1.3.1 Being an 'Unveiled' Non-Muslim Researcher; 1.3.2 Anonimity and Confidentiality; 1.3.3 Assuming Informed Consent; 1.3.4 Acceptance of Closed Inner Doors; 1.4 In the Field: Countering Obstacles and Limitations to Validity
1.4.1 Problems in Gaining Trust1.4.2 Internal Validity: Social Desirability and Hidden Transcripts; 1.4.3 Validity of Virtual Reality and Personalities; 1.4.4 External Validity; 1.5 Human Factors in Fieldwork; 1.5.1 Reliability: Opening up to the Insider Perspective; 1.5.2 Dealing with Expectations of Respondents; 1.6 Registration of Observations and Interviews; 1.6.1 Observations: Overt Researcher, Covert Notetaking; 1.6.2 Interviews: No Recording Please!; 1.7 Analysis of Data; 1.8 Summary; 2 ISLAMIC FUNDAMENTALISM AS A THREAT TO SOCIETY?; 2.1 Conceptualizing Islamic Fundamentalism
2.2 Global Sources, Local Manifestations of Islamic Fundamentalism2.2.1 The Rise of Transnational Fundamentalism; 2.2.2 The Resonance of Islamic Fundamentalism among Dutch Muslims; 2.3 Anti-Western Beliefs and Behaviour?; 2.3.1 The Islamic Way of Life: Islam is Everywhere and Everything; 2.3.2 Contact between Believers and Unbelievers; 2.3.3 (Western Liberal) Democracy versus Sharia; 2.3.4 International Issues and Jihad; 2.4 Moderate Muslims versus Orthodox, Radical, and Extremist Fundamentalists; 2.4.1 Moderate; 2.4.2 Orthodox; 2.4.3 Radical and Extremist; 2.5 Summary
3 CONVERSION, RADICALIZATION AND IDENTITY STRAIN3.1 Conceptualizing Identity and (Radical) Conversion: Continuous Processes; 3.2 Understanding Conversion to Orthodox, Radical and Extremist Islam; 3.2.1 The Desire to Convert; 3.2.2 The Temptation of Fundamentalist Interpretations; 3.2.3 Explanatory Models and Links with (Criminological) Theories; 3.3 Multiple Experiences Contributing to Identity Crisis; 3.3.1 Being Adrift; 3.3.2 Experiencing Personal Loss and Suffering; 3.3.3 Experiencing Social Exclusion and Lack of Recognition; 3.3.4 A Desire for Transcendence
3.3.5 The Common Factor: Identity Crisis and a Quest for Personal Meaning3.4 Different Directions: A Role of Significant Others and 'Identity Strain'?; 3.4.1 Significant Others; 3.4.2 Gradations of Identity Crisis and (Radical) Conversion; 3.4.3 The Nature of the Crisis: Identity Strain; 3.5 Summary; 4 AN ORTHODOX FOCUS ON POSITIVE SELF-IDENTIFICATION; 4.1 Identity, Identification and Difference; 4.2 Fundamentalist Meaning Systems as a Source of Secure Identities; 4.2.2 The Security of Relying on a Higher Power; 4.3 The Security of Fundamentalist Boundaries in Everyday Life
Summary 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 fills in the blanks by presenting primary data from in-depth qualitative research in the Netherlands and, to a lesser extent, Britain. First, the book compares orthodox, radical, and extremist groups - regarding attitudes, motives, reasons, and behavior - within Islamic fundamentalism. Then it presents an innovative theoretical framework that contributes to the understanding of the attraction of Islamic fundamenta
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Subject Islamic fundamentalism -- Netherlands.
Form Electronic book
ISBN 946274176X (electronic bk.)
9789462741768 (electronic bk.)