07 July 2013
The number of Muslims in the Canary Islands has doubled in the last five years. If in 2008 there were 30,000 people in the archipelago that professed the religion of Islam, in 2013 the figure has risen up to 66,969 Muslims, representing an increase of 55,2%.
But this boom is striking in itself, since more than half of the Muslims in the Islands are converted Islanders; specifically, 35,870 converted Muslims. Plus, they also have one of the highest number of Islamic classes and of Muslims students (7.450 in total, being 5.497 Spanish Muslims and 2.043 foreign Muslims).
According to the last population census of the Union of Islamic Communities in Spain (UCIDE), after the Spanish converted Muslims, there are 18,746 Moroccan Muslims, accounting for 28%. Far ahead from the Spanish and Moroccan Muslims are the 3,225 Senegalese Muslims. The census also reports the existence of already nearly 30 mosques in the Canarian Islands.
 Census published on February 2013
December 17 2010
The Essalam Mosque in Rotterdam was opened by the city’s mayor Ahmed Aboutaleb and city councilor Hamit Karakus on December 17. It is the largest mosque in the country, and opens after seven years of construction and considerable controversy surrounding the extent of “foreign influence” on the project. The building will serve around 2.500 Moroccan Muslims living in the Rotterdam South district.
December 16 2010
Following a comment last week from politician Frits Bolkestein that “Dutch Jews had better emigrate to Israel” to avoid threat by Moroccan Muslims, Radio Netherlands Worldwide runs an article questioning whether “the Netherlands is too small for Muslims and Jews”. The article notes a decrease in incidents against Jews and Jewish institutions in recent years, but, as Willem Wagenaar of the Anne Frank House notes, an increase in sensitivity towards anti-Semitism in Dutch society. Aissa Zanzan of the Amsterdam Union of Mosques notes the problem of street abuse directed towards individual Muslims, and an anti-Islamic atmosphere prevailing in the country.
September 24 2010
Recent research by the University of Amsterdam suggests that some 12% if Dutch Moroccan Muslims consider themselves orthodox. The figure for Dutch Turkish Muslims is one in 20. According to these figures, the country is home to roughly 36 000 orthodox Muslims. Researcher Jean Tillie, while calling the results “bad news for democracy”, as more orthodox survey respondents back a theocray- though they also have confidence in the Dutch government. Tillie noted that orthodox and radical Muslims must not be equated. The report concluded that strictly orthodox Muslims do not pose a security threat to the country.
In response, Justice Minister Ernst Hirsch Ballin announced that the threat level in the country would not be raised. At the same time, Amsterdam’s diversity Alderman Andree van Es suggested that ‘enormous numbers’ of women ‘can’t behave as they would want to’ within orthodox Muslim communities.