Securitization and Laïcité: The Two Main Challenges of French Islam

Author: Jocelyne Cesari

June 30, 2021

In "Securitization and Laïcité" Jocelyne Cesari argues that the Muslim presence is forcing French people to reconsider the fragile balance between religion on the one hand and secular principles of social and political life on the other. Questions of citizenship, civic duty, social contract, and “church and state” are being debated anew. These debates are exacerbated by the security concerns on the backdrop of international terrorism. The article was published by the International Institute of Islamic Thought as part of the Symposium on the State of Muslim Minorities in Contemporary Democracies in June 2021.

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