Securitization, Islamic chaplaincy, and the issue of (de)radicalization of Muslim detainees in Dutch prisons

Kees de Groot, Sipco Vellenga

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    What position does organized Muslim chaplaincy in Dutch prisons take with respect to the prevention of radicalization and to the de-radicalization of detainees with a Muslim background? After describing the process of securitization of Salafism in the Netherlands, discussing the use of context-related concepts as radicalization, extremism and terrorism, and sketching the context and the making of Muslim chaplaincy, the article provides a brief overview of recent research on the relation between detention and (de)radicalization. Then, the stance of Islamic prison chaplaincy towards (de-)radicalization of Muslim prisoners is described and analyzed
    in terms of goals, policy and practice. An expansive oligopolistic system of chaplaincy, representing various organized religions, seems to facilitate a relatively a-political
    type of Islamic chaplaincy, which often acts as a countervailing force to the dominant trend of securitization.
    Original languageEnglish
    Pages (from-to)224-237
    Number of pages14
    JournalSocial Compass
    Issue number2
    Early online date1 Apr 2019
    Publication statusPublished - 1 Jun 2019
    EventThe making of Muslim chaplaincies in prisons: Comparative approaches - Université Paris-Saclay/ EHESS, Paris, France
    Duration: 24 Nov 201625 Nov 2016


    • Islam
    • de-radicalization
    • prison chaplaincy
    • radicalization
    • securitization


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