Ramadan Celebrations Changing in Netherlands

August 7 2010

Trouw reports that the way Muslims in the Netherlands celebrate Ramadan is changing, according to social scientists at the University of Amsterdam and the VU University in Amsterdam. Rituals which were previously internal to the community have come to adapt to the Dutch environment and engage the non-Muslim Dutch.This shift, according to Professor Gerard Wiegers of the University of Amsterdam, is “part of a process of institutionalizing Islam in a Dutch, secular environment”.