French Muslims

New Voices in Contemporary France

Author(s) Sharif Gemie

Language: English

Genre(s): Religion

Series: French and Francophone Studies

  • August 2010 · 192 pages ·216x138mm

  • · Hardback - 9780708322093
  • · eBook - pdf - 9780708323182
  • · Paperback - 9780708323205
  • · eBook - epub - 9781783165971

About The Book

"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.


"Towards the beginning of this intelligent, well-researched study of new Muslim public figures in France, the author asks of his book: "what, then, is the main topic?" before noting that it is quite difficult to respond (p. 3). The author aims to do several things in succession: revisit the debates around Islamic scarves in public schools; present the views of four quite divergent Muslim (or sort of Muslim) public figures; and trace the contours of problems occurring between Islam and the Republic. The result is a thoughtful and well-documented series of portraits and comments, well worth (enjoyably) reading as a way into some current debates in France. The book would be suitable for classes at all university levels." John R. Bowen, Washington University at St. Louis. Review for

About the Author(s)

Author(s): Sharif Gemie

Sharif Gemie is Professor of Modern and Contemporary History at the University of South Wales, and External Examiner for History at the University of Lancaster.

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