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Islamic Schools in France

Minority Integration and Separatism in Western Society


  • Summarizes the contemporary history of private education in France and various debates and controversies surrounding government education subsidies going back to the second half of the century

  • Examines the first Islamic school to succeed in signing a contract with the state, detailing its history from founding to recent success

  • Explores how the traditional field of Islamic education has been adapted to address needs to build both national and religious identities among French Muslim children


Table of contents

  1. Front Matter
    Pages i-xxii
  2. Background

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 1-1
    2. Carine Bourget
      Pages 19-47
  3. Introduction: Muslim Schools

  4. Back Matter
    Pages 153-175

About this book


This book, the first on the growing phenomenon of private full-time K-12 Muslim schools in France, investigates whether these schools participate in the communautarisme (or ethnic/cultural separatism) that Muslims are often accused of or if their founding is a sign of integration, given that most of private education in France is subsidized by the government. Is Islam compatible with the West? This study proposes an answer to this question through the lens of Muslim education in France, adding to our understanding of the so-called resurgence of religion following the demise of the secularization theory and shedding new light on religion’s place in the West and of Islam in diasporic contexts.


Communautarisme Islamic fundamentalism ethnic separatism headscarfs Averroes High School private Islamic secondary schools government subsidies

Authors and affiliations

  1. 1.Department of French and ItalianUniversity of ArizonaTucsonUSA

About the authors

Carine Bourget is Professor of French and Francophone Studies at the University of Arizona, USA. She is the author of Coran et tradition islamique dans la littérature maghrébine and The Star, the Cross, and the Crescent: Religions and Conflicts in Francophone Literature from the Arab World (Choice 2010 Outstanding Academic Title).

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