Foundations and Limits of Tolerance: The Swiss Debate on Mosques from a Dutch Perspective (Gründe und Grenzen der Toleranz: die Moscheen-Debatte aus niederländischer Sicht)

Symposion Toleranz - Herausforderungen, Gehalt und Grenzen, Zürich October 5, 2007

15 Pages Posted: 20 Aug 2009 Last revised: 25 Aug 2009

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Wibren van der Burg

Erasmus School of Law, Erasmus University Rotterdam; Queen Mary University of London, School of Law

Date Written: 2007

Abstract

I discuss first the recent and the older history of tolerance in the Netherlands. I argue that the scope of tolerance and its limits and grounds have broadened in the past centuries. As a result, it has become too vague and lost its distinctive meaning. As the recent developments in the Netherlands show, however, we still need it and therefore we need to rediscover its valuable core. I then discuss the character of tolerance as an intermediate solution and the various grounds for tolerance. After this historical and theoretical analysis, I discuss the debate in Switzerland on the popular initiative to prohibit Islamic minarets. I draw some parallels with Dutch historical examples. (The paper incorporates some translated sections from my article ‘Beliefs, Persons and Practices: Beyond Tolerance’, Ethical Theory and Moral Practice Vol.1, No. 2, pp. 227-254,1998)

Keywords: tolerance, Islam, religious freedom, multicultural society, minarets, mosques, national identity

Suggested Citation

van der Burg, Wibren, Foundations and Limits of Tolerance: The Swiss Debate on Mosques from a Dutch Perspective (Gründe und Grenzen der Toleranz: die Moscheen-Debatte aus niederländischer Sicht) (2007). Symposion Toleranz - Herausforderungen, Gehalt und Grenzen, Zürich October 5, 2007. Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=1457716 or http://dx.doi.org/10.2139/ssrn.1457716

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