Living Apart Together
Living Apart Together - religion and multiculturalism in The Netherlands. A paneldiscussion on multicuturality in the Netherlands. How do nonbelievers and believers with their various religions live together in this country? Which space do the Dutch give each other in their perception of religion? Are we too tolerant or not tolerant enough?
In its compartmentalized society the Netherlands knew a set of unwritten and written rules to make living in harmony possible. The compartments have virtually disappeared and the traditional division in the Netherlands along religious and ideological lines no longer counts. Meanwhile immigration causes new dividing lines: between the Islamic and the Christian tradition, between immigrant and native, between Dutch and non-Dutch. What rules does the multicultural Netherlands need for its intercourse with the various religions? Indian writer Pankaj Mishra, writer Adriaan van Dis, writer and essayist Ian Buruma and professor of religion Gerrie ter Haar jointly put together four 'commandments'. Dutch/Moroccan writer Fouad Laroui chaired the discussion. Students of the Institure of Social Studies did respond on the panel. The panel discussion was the last of three, organized in the past year by Winternachten and the Institute of Social Studies. In this final session Fouad Laroui presented the ten commandments for the intercourse with language, education and religion, as formulated in the three parts. English spoken.
This debate was made possible by Hivos NCDO Cultuurfonds.