Monday, January 18, 2010

French Islam

Anyone interested in a detailed look at how Muslims are adapting their religion to French norms (or resisting adaptation) will want to have a look at John Bowen's new book, Can Islam Be French? Bowen, the author of Why the French Don't Like Headscarves has now moved beyond the headlines and into Islamic schools and mosques and community associations. He reveals the many strands of French Islam, disagreements among teachers and religious authorities, and emerging compromises on a range of issues.

1 comment:

Anonymous said...

Don't know if this is a plug for a book or not (and if I can do such!), but I got alot out of a recent book by a Dutchman on Islam in France - "Constructing Mosques in France and the Netherlands".

Sort of allows one to contextualize & compare historical trends in France. And this against a backdrop that isn't merely the Anglo-Saxon multicultural model though there are overlaps with the Dutch model.

Chris P.