Dutch Muslims Create Website for Critical Discussion

Members of the Islamic community in the Netherlands have started a website as a platform to provide critical discussion about Islam. The site, nieuwemoskee.nl (‘new mosque’), is created independent of government funding and is intended to stimulate public debate on Islam’s position in Dutch society, as well as to provide “a platform for critical voices from all schools of thought, whether they be reformist, conservative or fundamentalist”, comments Arnold Yasin Mol. According to Mol, who heads the Deen Research Centre for modern Islamic thought and sits on the board of the Dutch Muslim Party, the website hopes to meet the demand among young Muslims to express their opinions.