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
     
 

"John Bowen has written one of the most insightful books on Islam in France. He has done extensive field research in the sensitive suburbs of Paris and inside little-known Islamic institutions that are shaping the future of the religion in France. Bowen admirably shows how French Muslims are struggling not for minority status or multiculturalism, but for value

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"John Bowen has written one of the most insightful books on Islam in France. He has done extensive field research in the sensitive suburbs of Paris and inside little-known Islamic institutions that are shaping the future of the religion in France. Bowen admirably shows how French Muslims are struggling not for minority status or multiculturalism, but for value pluralism, conciliating the secular Republican tradition while asserting a new faith community."—Olivier Roy, European University Institute, Florence

"Through a rich ethnography of normative practices such as pedagogies and legal reasonings, John Bowen has produced a rare and invaluable analysis of the making of a French Islam that owes as much to French legal and political constraints as to Muslims' engagement with the Islamic tradition. A required reading for scholars interested in religion and religious minorities in secularist states."—Malika Zeghal, University of Chicago

"Can Islam Be French? is utterly fascinating and engagingly written. Together with his previous book, Why the French Don't Like Headscarves, John Bowen has produced an unparalleled oeuvre on Islam in France."—Paul Silverstein, Reed College

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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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