France pushes secular train­ing at mosques

Lesotho Times - - International -

PARIS — Jan­uary’s ter­ror­ist at­tacks in Paris and the hun­dreds of French join­ing ji­hadi groups over­seas are lend­ing new ur­gency to gov­ern­ment ef­forts in France to shape a tol­er­ant, west­ern-ori­ented Is­lam that re­flects the coun­try’s secular val­ues.

Cen­tral to this goal is a new push for pro­grammes in sec­u­lar­ism and civics for imams and other key Mus­lim fig­ures. But can they re­ally make a dif­fer­ence in fight­ing the rise of home-grown, rad­i­cal Is­lam?

A reli­gion class at the Catholic Uni­ver­sity of Lyon. The lec­ture is on the Bi­ble, though the dozen or so stu­dents jot­ting down notes are not as­pir­ing priests. One is a woman wear­ing a head­scarf.

Deep di­vi­sions

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