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We Need To Talk About Mohammad: Criminology, Theistic Violence and the Murder of Theo Van Gogh

Cottee, Simon (2014) We Need To Talk About Mohammad: Criminology, Theistic Violence and the Murder of Theo Van Gogh. British Journal of Criminology, 54 (6). pp. 981-1001. ISSN 0007-0955. E-ISSN 1464-3529. (doi:10.1093/bjc/azu037) (Access to this publication is currently restricted. You may be able to access a copy if URLs are provided) (KAR id:41115)

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On 2 November 2004, Mohammad Bouyeri murdered the Dutch film-maker Theo Van Gogh. At his trial, Bouyeri proclaimed that he acted out of a religious duty. Van Gogh’s killing provoked fierce debate in the Netherlands over its meaning and significance and once again the question of violent religious fundamentalism came to dominate public discourse across Europe and beyond, just as it had in the immediate aftermath of 9/11. Criminologists, however, have largely neglected the issue of jihadi violence and the broader question it raises of the relationship between religion and violent activism. This article critiques this neglect. It also offers an account of Van Gogh’s murder, using Jock Young’s later work as a starting point for an interdisciplinary analysis of its possible meanings and motivations.

Item Type: Article
DOI/Identification number: 10.1093/bjc/azu037
Uncontrolled keywords: Mohammad Bouyeri theistic violence jihadi activism cultural criminology Jock Young
Subjects: H Social Sciences
Divisions: Divisions > Division for the Study of Law, Society and Social Justice > School of Social Policy, Sociology and Social Research
Depositing User: Mita Mondal
Date Deposited: 22 May 2014 10:12 UTC
Last Modified: 16 Feb 2021 12:53 UTC
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