One in four French Mus­lims sup­port con­ser­va­tive Is­lam

The Myanmar Times - - World -

AROUND one in four French Mus­lims, mostly young peo­ple, sup­port an ul­tra­con­ser­va­tive form of Is­lam, in­clud­ing the wear­ing of the full-face veil, but the vast ma­jor­ity ac­cept France’s strict sec­u­lar laws, a study showed.

The Ifop sur­vey car­ried out for a ma­jor study of French Mus­lims by In­sti­tut Mon­taigne, a lib­eral think­tank, showed that the vast ma­jor­ity of peo­ple who iden­tify as Mus­lim ac­cept curbs on re­li­gion in pub­lic.

But 60 per­cent con­sid­ered girls should nonethe­less be al­lowed to wear the head­scarf in school, 12 years af­ter it and other re­li­gious sym­bols were ban­ished from class­rooms, the sur­vey pub­lished in Le Jour­nal du Di­manche showed.

And around one in four – 24pc – sup­ported the wear­ing of the burqa and niqab, the full-face veils banned in pub­lic places in 2010.

The sur­vey of 1029 peo­ple aims to in­form of the govern­ment’s plans to over­haul French Mus­lim bod­ies in the wake of sev­eral ji­hadist at­tacks, mostly by French ex­trem­ists.

In­sti­tut Mon­taigne’s re­port grouped French Mus­lims into three cat­e­gories – com­pletely sec­u­lar, de­vout but ac­cept­ing re­stric­tions on re­li­gion in the pub­lic do­main, and a more re­ac­tionary group that uses Is­lam for the pur­poses of re­volt.

Those in the sec­u­lar cat­e­gory, which made up 46pc of the to­tal, did not re­ject Is­lam but demon­strated their re­li­gious feel­ing mainly by eat­ing ha­lal meat.

The sec­ond group (25pc) was “proudly Mus­lim” and wanted a greater role for re­li­gion but op­posed the burqa and polygamy.

Most “prob­lem­atic”, ac­cord­ing to the re­port, was the third group which was com­posed of “mostly young, lowskilled peo­ple with low lev­els of par­tic­i­pa­tion in the labour mar­ket” liv­ing on the out­skirts of cities. –

Photo: EPA

Wor­ship­pers leave a mosque in France.

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