1. Research Library

        Murder in Amsterdam. The Death of Theo van Gogh and the Limits of Tolerance

        Ian Buruma

        London: Atlantic Books 2006

        ISBN 9781843545477

      1. Buruma, a well-known Dutch journalist and writer, currently based in the US, returns to Holland to try and make sense of the murder of filmmaker Theo van Gogh in 2004 and what it means for the Netherlands’ famed multicultural and tolerant society. Van Gogh was brutally killed in Amsterdam in broad daylight by a Dutch-born Moroccan immigrant with radical Islamic views, who was incensed by van Gogh and Ayan Hirsi Ali’s film Submission. Though the book is journalistic and too generalizing at times, Buruma’s discussion of the crime through the prism of shifts in the Netherlands as a whole is useful, and it could be considered a kind of window into the larger European debates about integration and multiculturalism.