A culture of Islamist extremism has grown up in the immigrant neighborhood of Rosengård in the southern Swedish city of Malmö. The situation has is so out of control that the version of Islam that is forced upon new arrivals in Rosengård is more severe and uncompromising than that which prevails in their home countries.
An article on the subject appeared in yesterday’s Svenska Dagbladet, and a Swedish reader has translated some excerpts for Gates of Vienna:
Municipalities must halt extremism
Segregation can create a spiral of alienation and distrust in a society. This is clear from a study which is currently being delivered to the Government. Municipalities have a key role in countering subcultures that provide fertile ground for violence and terrorism, the researchers Magnus Ranstorp and Josefine Dos Santos said.
Rosengård is a neighborhood in Malmö with blocks of flats from the so-called “million-program” which house about 22,000 inhabitants, of whom 60 percent were born abroad and another 26 percent have parents who were born abroad. Unemployment is widespread; in the Manor area it is as high as 85 percent.
Among other things there are groups of ultra-radical Islamists resident in any of the many basement mosques (as opposed to the official Islamic Assembly) which can be found in the area. They preach isolation and act as controllers, and maintain a strong culture of threats, which mainly involves harassing women mentally and physically.
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Newly arrived families may get visits at their home by the representatives of radical groups, who tell them which rules apply to Rosengård.
New conduct rules include a demand that women who had never worn the veil are now forced to wear it, that girls and boys should not play together, and that a patriarchal power structure is cemented.
Newly arrived families who have never been particularly religious or traditional report that they were living much more freely in their home country than in Rosengård.