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Europe: Survey confirms high levels of intolerance and fundamentalism among European Muslims

December 11, 2013

WZB Mitteilungen, December 2013

Fundamentalism and out-group hostility: Muslim immigrants and Christian natives in Western Europe — Ruud Koopmans

Figure 1 shows that religious fundamentalism is not a marginal phenomenon within West European Muslim communities. Almost 60 per cent agree that Muslims should return to the roots of Islam, 75 per cent think there is only one interpretation of the Koran possible to which every Muslim should stick and 65 per cent say that religious rules are more important to them than the laws of the country in which they live…

Almost 60 per cent reject homosexuals as friends and 45 per cent think that Jews cannot be trusted. While about one in five natives can be considered as Islamophobic, the level of phobia against the West among Muslims – for which oddly enough there is no word; one might call it “Occidentophobia” – is much higher still, with 54 per cent believing that the West is out to destroy Islam. These findings concord with the fact that, as a 2006 study of the Pew research institute showed, about half of the Muslims living in France, Germany, and the United Kingdom believe in the conspiracy theory that the attacks of 9/11 were not carried out by Muslims, but were orchestrated by the West and/or Jews.

I’m not sure that all these Muslims would act in accordance with their stated beliefs if push came to shove, and I think generational change needs to be considered; but it’s still a scary reminder of the lunacy and paranoia associated with mass religions in general and Islam in particular.

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  1. Christopher Simpson permalink

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