National investigation into salafism

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21 November 2007, THE HAGUE – The National Coordinator for Anti-terrorism (NCTb) has commissioned a national study into salafism, an ultra-orthodox movement within Islam.

21 November 2007

THE HAGUE – The National Coordinator for Anti-terrorism (NCTb) has commissioned a national study into salafism, an ultra-orthodox movement within Islam.

The organisation hopes this will help it learn more about the manifestations of salafism and its influence on people. A spokesperson for the NCTb, which falls under the auspices of the Justice Ministry, said this on Wednesday.

The first results of the survey are expected next autumn. The NCTb will almost certainly request that the study be carried out by the University of Amsterdam.

It has emerged that the influence of salafism is growing. The General Intelligence and Security Service (AIVD), which published a report on the rise of ‘Islamic neo-radicalism' in October, says that an estimated 20,000 to 30,000 Muslims are susceptible to the radical and intolerant message spread by salafism.

There is a core of about 15 to 20 salafist preachers who hold lectures throughout the country at about 30 to 35 mosques and at various youth centres. There are another 20 preachers in training.

Salafists strive for a return to "pure" Islam, as it was in the time of the prophet Mohammed and the centuries immediately following.

The scientific survey planned does not diminish the importance of the AIVD study, the NCTb spokesperson stressed, but will have more of a social-anthropological approach.

[Copyright Expatica News + ANP 2007]

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