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Can Islam Be French?: Pluralism and Pragmatism in a Secularist State
     

Can Islam Be French?: Pluralism and Pragmatism in a Secularist State

by John R. Bowen
 

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ISBN-10: 0691132836

ISBN-13: 9780691132839

Pub. Date: 09/08/2009

Publisher: Princeton University Press

Can Islam Be French? is an anthropological examination of how Muslims are responding to the conditions of life in France. Following up on his book Why the French Don't Like Headscarves, John Bowen turns his attention away from the perspectives of French non-Muslims to focus on those of the country's Muslims themselves. Bowen asks not the usual

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Can Islam Be French? is an anthropological examination of how Muslims are responding to the conditions of life in France. Following up on his book Why the French Don't Like Headscarves, John Bowen turns his attention away from the perspectives of French non-Muslims to focus on those of the country's Muslims themselves. Bowen asks not the usual question—how well are Muslims integrating in France?—but, rather, how do French Muslims think about Islam? In particular, Bowen examines how French Muslims are fashioning new Islamic institutions and developing new ways of reasoning and teaching. He looks at some of the quite distinct ways in which mosques have connected with broader social and political forces, how Islamic educational entrepreneurs have fashioned niches for new forms of schooling, and how major Islamic public actors have set out a specifically French approach to religious norms. All of these efforts have provoked sharp responses in France and from overseas centers of Islamic scholarship, so Bowen also looks closely at debates over how—and how far—Muslims should adapt their religious traditions to these new social conditions. He argues that the particular ways in which Muslims have settled in France, and in which France governs religions, have created incentives for Muslims to develop new, pragmatic ways of thinking about religious issues in French society.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780691132839
Publisher:
Princeton University Press
Publication date:
09/08/2009
Series:
Princeton Studies in Muslim Politics Series
Edition description:
New Edition
Pages:
242
Product dimensions:
6.20(w) x 9.30(h) x 0.90(d)

Table of Contents

Contents

Acknowledgments....................xi
Part One: Trajectories....................1
Chapter One Islam and the Republic....................3
Chapter Two Fashioning the French Islamic Landscape....................15
Migration Pathways....................16
Religion Rising....................21
State Responses....................25
Distinctive Features....................32
Part Two: Spaces....................35
Chapter Three Mosques Facing Outward....................37
In the Unruly Suburbs (Clichy-sous-Bois)....................37
Inside the Networks (Saint-Denis)....................44
The Work of an Everyday Imam (Lyon)....................51
Mosques and Social Divisions....................58
Chapter Four Shaping Knowledge to France....................63
Rules, Schools, Principles....................63
Hichem El Arafa's CERSI....................66
The Science of Hadith....................75
The Objectives of Scripture....................81
Chapter Five Differentiating Schools....................85
Dimensions of Pedagogical Difference....................85
Objectives and Imam Mâlik....................95
Practical Training in an Islamic Ambiance....................105
Chapter Six Can an Islamic School Be Republican?....................110
Dhaou Meskine's Success School....................111
How to Teach a Secular Curriculum in a Muslim School....................117
Muslim Family Camp....................125
Arrest....................129
Part Three: Debates....................133
Chapter Seven Should There Be an Islam for Europe?....................135
Thinking about Ribâ....................137
Different Rules for Different Lands?....................143
Confrontations in the Mosque....................149
The Transnational Islamic Sphere....................153
Chapter Eight Negotiating across Realms of Justification....................157
Between Halâl and the Hôtel de Ville....................158
Convergence I: From Islam to the Secular....................165
Convergence II: From French Civil Law toward Islamic Practices....................173
Chapter Nine Islamic Spheres in Republican Space....................179
Do Religion-Based Associations Impede Integration?....................180
On Priorities and Values....................188
Toward a Pragmatics of Convergence....................196
Notes....................199
Bibliography....................217
Index....................227

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