Islamic Militant Activism in Belgium, The Netherlands and Germany

"Islands in a Sea of Disbelief"

  • Martijn de Koning
  • Carmen Becker
  • Ineke Roex

Table of contents

  1. Front Matter
    Pages i-xi
  2. Martijn de Koning, Carmen Becker, Ineke Roex
    Pages 53-111
  3. Martijn de Koning, Carmen Becker, Ineke Roex
    Pages 113-203
  4. Martijn de Koning, Carmen Becker, Ineke Roex
    Pages 205-281
  5. Martijn de Koning, Carmen Becker, Ineke Roex
    Pages 283-317
  6. Martijn de Koning, Carmen Becker, Ineke Roex
    Pages 319-347
  7. Back Matter
    Pages 349-361

About this book


Based on ethnographic research in Belgium, The Netherlands, and Germany, this book presents a novel approach to studying Muslim militant activism. While much existing research focuses on the process of radicalization, these authors introduce a different set of questions that investigate specific modes of activism, and their engagement with dominant discourses and practices in media and state policies. Drawing on social movement theory and Foucault’s work on counter-conduct, this research explores how daʿwa networks came about, and how activists developed themselves in interaction with state and media practices. This perspective highlights a form of activism and resistance in which activists turn against policies and debates centring on Muslims and Islam, while attempting to create and protect an alternative space for themselves in which they can experience Islam according to their own perception of it.

The study will contribute to debates about resistance, social movements and militant activism among Muslims in Europe.


salafist networks daʿwa activists radicalisation counter-conduct spectacle activism

Authors and affiliations

  • Martijn de Koning
    • 1
  • Carmen Becker
    • 2
  • Ineke Roex
    • 3
  1. 1.Radboud University NijmegenNijmegenThe Netherlands
  2. 2.Leibniz University HannoverHannoverGermany
  3. 3.NTA ConsultancyAmsterdamThe Netherlands

Bibliographic information

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  • Copyright Information The Editor(s) (if applicable) and The Author(s), under exclusive license to Springer Nature Switzerland AG 2020
  • Publisher Name Palgrave Macmillan, Cham
  • eBook Packages Social Sciences Social Sciences (R0)
  • Print ISBN 978-3-030-42206-6
  • Online ISBN 978-3-030-42207-3
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