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Dutch Muslims are becoming more religious, new SCP report shows

Netherlands (the)
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Sharia Watch

Religion has become more important to the Netherlands Muslim community over the past 10 years, due in part to rising tensions between population groups and a growing feeling of exclusion, the government’s socio-cultural think-tank SCP said in a new report. 


The researchers found that people who describe themselves as Muslim are more likely to pray than 10 years ago. Some 78% of Moroccan Muslims pray five times a day, as do 33% of Turkish Muslims. In addition, Muslims of Turkish origin are more likely to attend a mosque (40% now do so) while young Moroccan women are more likely to wear a headscarf (up from 64% to 78%). The number of people in the Dutch Moroccan community who can be classed as strict Muslims, whether mosque-goers or people who practice their religion privately, has gone up from 77% to 84%.