Murder in Amsterdam: Liberal Europe, Islam and the Limits of Tolerance

Murder in Amsterdam: Liberal Europe, Islam and the Limits of Tolerance


By (author) Ian Buruma

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  • Publisher: Penguin Books
  • Format: Paperback | 278 pages
  • Dimensions: 130mm x 201mm x 18mm | 159g
  • Publication date: 1 September 2007
  • ISBN 10: 0143112368
  • ISBN 13: 9780143112365
  • Edition statement: Reprint
  • Sales rank: 265,834

Product description

A revelatory look at what happens when political Islam collides with the secular West Ian Buruma 's "Murder in Amsterdam" is a masterpiece of investigative journalism, a book with the intimacy and narrative control of a crime novel and the analytical brilliance for which Buruma is renowned. On a cold November day in Amsterdam in 2004, the celebrated and controversial Dutch filmmaker Theo van Gogh was shot and killed by an Islamic extremist for making a movie that "insulted the prophet Mohammed." The murder sent shock waves across Europe and around the world. Shortly thereafter, Ian Buruma returned to his native land to investigate the event and its larger meaning as part of the great dilemma of our time.

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Author information

Ian Buruma is currently Luce Professor at Bard College. His previous books include God's Dust, Behind the Mask, The Missionary & The Libertine, Playing the Game, The Wages of Guilt, Anglomania, and Bad Elements. He writes frequently for The New York Review of Books, The New York Times Magazine, The New Yorker, and the Financial Times.

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Fascinating . . . Characteristically vivid and astute. Timothy Garton Ash, "The New York Review of Books" [Murder in Amsterdam] is a work of philosophical and narrative tension, strikingly sharp and brooding, frank and openly curious. "San Francisco Chronicle" Shrewd, subtly argued. "The New York Times Book Review"

Table of contents

Murder in AmsterdamOne: Holy War in Amsterdam Two: Thank You, Pim Three: The Healthy Smoker Four: A Dutch Tragedy Five: Submission Six: A Promising Boy Seven: In Memoriam Postscript Acknowledgments Notes Index