In her presentation, Professor van Doorn addressed the question of how it could happen that a substantive number of citizens in the Netherlands, a country once famous for its progressive image, accepted the anti-Islamic, ultra-conservative rhetoric of Geert Wilders and made him one of the most popular and feared politicians. As she argued, part of the attraction seemed to be that he is one of the few who has managed to address the question about what it means to be “really” Dutch. The rest of the population, she explained, is still trying to figure out how Dutch they are and if being Muslim and Dutch can be an acceptable identity.

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