France’s good and great are interred in this crypt.
A woman holds a sign reading ‘Islamophobia – that’s enough’ at a protest against the separatism law, February 2021.
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The term “separatist” has a long history in France. Now it’s being used to target Muslims in a new law.
The storm over the construction of the grand mosque in Strasbourg has been long brewing.
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Strasbourg officials are within their right to allow public funds to be used to build what may be the largest mosque in Europe. But that hasn’t stopped the backlash
French Prime Minister Jean Castex attends a homage to teacher Samuel Paty, at a school in Conflans-Sainte-Honorine, France, November 2 2020.
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My PhD research explores the impact of Islamist terrorism on education policy and practice in England and France.
Muslim schools can provide a place for girls to study while wearing headscarves.
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School reforms pushed by French President Emmanuel Macron are aimed at pushing Muslim students into public schools. An expert explains why this may be the wrong approach.
Protestors march in Paris following one of the recent attacks.
Why are Emmanuel Macron’s reform plans so controversial and why are people protesting about freedom after another spate of violent attacks?
An homage to Samuel Paty, a teacher murdered after showing caricatures of the Prophet Mohammed from the satirical magazine Charlie Hebdo, Oct. 18, 2020.
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Macron wants to ‘build an Islam in France that can be compatible with the Enlightenment.’ But that goal assumes France is compatible with Islam, says a Muslim scholar of religion and politics.
People hold up signs as they march during a demonstration in Montreal, April 7, 2019, in opposition to the Quebec government’s newly tabled Bill 21.
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The proposed secular law (Bill 21) in the province of Québec appears to be directed primarily against Montreal and Québec City, and reflects a fear of strangers in Québec’s more homogeneous regions.
Quebec Premier François Legault stands in front of the crucifix in the provincial legislature where he announced the religious symbol will be removed. Québec is both the most homogeneous province from a religious point of view and the most detached from its religious culture.
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Many Canadians are puzzled by Québec’s law banning some civil servants from wearing religious symbols. A Québec sociologist explains the law is rooted in the province’s troubled history with religion.
The Seine and Notre Dame, physically and spiritually the heart of Paris.
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From coronations to Revolution to reconciliation, Notre Dame has witnessed nearly 900 years of French history.
A need for different narratives.
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Researchers have put together a toolkit for countering Islamophobia.
Coalition Avenir Québec leader François Legault on the campaign trail last September before the election that saw his party form a majority government.
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The Québec government’s push to ban the hijab is ‘sexularism’ and also basic nationalism – one that pits an ‘us’ against ‘them,’ where the ‘them’ represent multiple threats to the nation.
Professor Richard Dawkins next to a bus displaying an atheist message in 2009.
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Some ‘celebrity’ atheists espouse the very doctrines of violence that they accuse organised religon of.
A vigil in Finsbury Park following an attack on pedestrians outside a mosque in 2017.
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While Islamophobic acts in Paris mainly take place in public institutions, in London they’re mainly on the street or on public transport.
‘I am a migrant’ solidarity signs were displayed during the European Parliament debate on immigration and asylum in the Strasbourg plenary.
Fraternity is one of the three pillars of the French Republic, but social solidarity is fraying as citizens are criminalised for acting on their beliefs in the human rights of asylum seekers.
While France and the US both guarantee individual religious freedom, the two nations’ approach to religion in the public sphere and the separation between church and state are profoundly different.
Police at the scene of the attack.
Canada is dealing with some of the same tensions about integration and tolerance as other Western countries.
Muslims across France and Italy attended mass in the wake of the attack on a priest in Rouen.
Local collaborations between the fiercely secular state and religious groups have a long history.
Germany’s ban on teachers wearing the veil has been in and out of the courts for over a decade.
Banning teachers from wearing the veil at school is incompatible with the German constitution.
The director of the Paris mosque, Dalil Boubakeur, in the front line
Muslims in France and the French host population are locked in a discriminatory equilibrium. This is the conclusion, summarized in our soon-to-be published book, of a six-year research program that investigates…