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Shiites in the Low Countries



Research

Islam has since long been present in Western societies. Since the great migration waves took place in the second part of the 20th century the numbers of Islamic European citizens increased notably. At first these people were relatively welcome in Europe, but things changed after the major economic crisis of the 1980s. Muslims became visible as Musl…


Introduction

We have started our research after Shiites in the Low Countries in December 2012. This idea came forth from an earlier cooperation in which we researched something closely related to this, and of which an excerpt has been published in an Islam special of Begrip: Moslims-Christenen (Understanding: Muslims-Christians) last year.

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