A Decade of Suspicion: Islam and Muslims in Denmark after 9/11

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  • Mikkel Rytter
  • Marianne Holm Pedersen, Dansk Folkemindesamling, Det Kongelige Bibliotek
In 2011, al-Qaeda leader, Osama Bin Laden, was killed in Pakistan and
the US president, Barack Obama, concluded a decade of global ‘war
against terror’. In light of this, it seems only sensible to explore what
implications the post-9/11 international developments have had on a local
basis in specific national contexts. With this in mind, this article focuses
on Denmark and discusses how the critical event of 9/11 motivated a
security/integration response, including various pre-emptive measures
that have cast the Muslim population as the usual suspects. It will discuss
how these changes have affected the everyday lives of ordinary Danish
Muslims over the last ten years and changed the relationship between
majorities and minorities. Finally, it will also examine how and why
recent national and international events have created the potential for
another shift in majority-minority relations.
Original languageEnglish
JournalEthnic and Racial Studies
Pages (from-to)2303-2321
Number of pages18
Publication statusPublished - 2014

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