France, Islam and the banlieues: a debate on the place of Islam and class in the suburbs

For France's Institut Montaigne, a team of researchers led by political scientist Gilles Kepel have completed a detailed study of Clichy-sous-Bois and Montfermeil, two towns east of Paris that were pivotal in the 2005 riots. Their findings highlight the growing influence of Islam. Two commentators react …

In an effort to allay concerns about Islam in France, policymakers and analysts have either tried to play down its importance or sought to blend it into the landscape. Islam is often portrayed as an integral part of French history: its presence simply follows on from ancient history. The basis for this argument is shaky, for it refers to an era when Christendom – not yet referred to as the west – was in retreat, driven back by the force of Islamic arms. Full Story »

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