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Marietje Beemsterboer

PhD Candidate

Dr. M.M. Beemsterboer MA
+31 71 527 2589


The identity of Islamic primary schools in the Netherlands

Marietje Beemsterboer is a PhD candidate at Leiden University. She has been granted an NWO PhD scholarship for teachers which enables her to conduct a dissertation study besides her part-time job as a primary school teacher.

Marietje obtained her Bachelor of Education in Alkmaar (2005) and received a BA in History at the University of Amsterdam in 2008. In 2011 Marietje completed her Master of Philosophy in Religious Studies at Leiden University, focusing on religious education and the position of religion in primary schools.

In her PhD research Marietje analyses the size and significance of Islam in Islamic schools in the Netherlands using qualitative data, focusing on the way the religious identity of the schools is related to social requirements. Within this study, school identity is divided into five dimensions: a religious philosophical dimension, a pedagogical dimension, an educational dimension, an organizational dimension and a social dimension. The identity of Islamic primary schools will furthermore be considered in the broader context of Muslims in the Netherlands. Marietje therefore provides insight into the background from which the schools are founded and the certain need in which the schools provide.


Prof.dr. M.S. Berger


M.M. Beemsterboer, “Geloven in onderwijs. Het kennisgebied geestelijke stromingen in het Nederlands basisonderwijs”, Tijdschrift voor Religie, Recht en Beleid. 2011 (2) 3, pp. 18-31.

PhD Candidate

  • Faculteit der Geesteswetenschappen
  • Leiden Institute for Area Studies
  • LUCSoR

Work address

Matthias de Vrieshof
Matthias de Vrieshof 1
2311 BZ Leiden
Room number 1.04b



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