Moslima's having a high tea

Is Islamic religiosity a friend or foe of democracy and emancipation?

2021 until 2026
Project type

Islam is often said to be anti-democratic. Religious groups in the Netherlands and Europe should be more conservative than non-Muslims, or even Middle Eastern countries where religious views should be more mixed. These conclusions are too simplified; the researchers hope that this project can be used to apply the necessary nuances. This knowledge will contribute to Dutch and European political policies, and the empowerment of the groups that are so often discussed in the media.

Relation between faith and daily life

The researchers plan to combine the existing data sets from various European countries with new data. They will examine data on politics and faith, in order to identify the patterns, differences and causes. The new data will be collected via in-depth interviews and one-on-one interviews with people in the Netherlands who have a Muslim background. A scientifically and socially diverse focus group will also be used to ensure that inclusion is adequately safeguarded.

Research will be conducted into the relationship between how faith is applied to life and what the beliefs are on other topics. For example, think of data on how Islam is seen as a guiding principle in life, and what people think about LGBTQI groups, parenting and other issues. The combination of these data should lead to new insights, which can be used by policy makers and other interest groups to not only reduce religion as a barrier, but to also look at how religion can actually serve to promote political inclusion and reduce social conflict.



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