French Muslims

New Voices in Contemporary France

Sharif Gemie

French Muslims

Sharif Gemie

Distributed for University of Wales Press

192 pages | 5 1/2 x 8 1/2 | © 2010
Paper $35.00 ISBN: 9780708323205 Published February 2011 For sale in North and South America, Australia, and New Zealand only

French Muslims provides a critical perspective on Muslim politics and experiences in contemporary France, the European country with the largest Muslim population. Drawing from the work of four Muslim thinkers and activists—Chahdortt Djavann, Fadela Amara, Tariq Ramadan, and Houria Bouteldja—this volume examines issues such as the veil, integration, the role of the school, the traditions of the French republic, and the legacy of the French empire. In addition, Gemie analyzes the most important organizations and structures representing French Muslim opinion today, including the French Council of the Muslim Faith and the Union of Islamic Organizations of France.


Series Editors’ Preface



Introduction: At the Funeral
Chapter One: The War of Symbols: a Chronicle of a Debate Foretold
Chapter Two: Chahdortt Djavann: Assimilation as Liberation
Chapter Three: Fadela Amara: Assimilation as Social Reform
Chapter Four: Organizations and Institutions
Chapter Five: Tariq Ramadan: an Islamic Liberation Theology
Chapter Six: Houria Bouteldja: a Native in the Republic
Conclusion: After the Funeral

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