Delicate Relations: Jews and Muslims in Amsterdam and London


This comparative, interdisciplinary research project (Islamic Studies, Jewish Studies, Sociology of Religion) focuses on the delicate relations between Jewish and Muslim groups in London and Amsterdam within their respective local, national and international social and political contexts. It aims to deepen our understanding of these relations and the actors and factors which influence them. The project takes its departure from the increased visibility of Islam and Muslims throughout Europe, which has not only led to heated public debates, but has also brought about new interreligious and (inter)ethnic relations. Socially and politically noteworthy and at the same time fragile are the relations between Muslims and Jews. On the one hand, we find, due to the many similarities between their religious traditions, shared and mutually binding attitudes, concerning, for example, ritual slaughtering and male circumcision, but on the other hand there are issues that divide them and drive a wedge between them, such as alleged anti-Zionistic and anti-Judaic sentiments among Muslims and anti-Islamic ideas among Jews. Their relationship is especially marked by the conflict between Israel and the Palestinians. The Jewish - Muslim relations in London and Amsterdam will be studied within a theoretical framework that is rooted in the work of Pierre Bourdieu, complemented by theories about the dynamics of interreligious conflict and cooperation. Empirical data will be collected and analysed by means of various methods of qualitative research: participant observation, content analysis, discourse analysis and (focus) interviews.

Dit project wordt uitgevoerd in samenwerking met het Ministerie van Veiligheid en Justitie en het Ministerie van Sociale Zaken en Werkgelegenheid.


Hoofdstuk in boek

  • S.J. Vellenga(2014): Achter de zuilen. pp. 357 - 382
  • T Isik, S.J. Vellenga, S. Schmitz(2015): Muslimische Identitäten in Europa. pp. 299 - 318

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Publicatie bedoeld voor een breed publiek






Prof. dr. G.A. Wiegers

Verbonden aan

Universiteit van Amsterdam, Faculteit der Geesteswetenschappen, Theologie en Religiestudies


Drs. S.E. van Esdonk, Drs. S. Roggeveen


01/02/2014 tot 31/01/2018