Why do the French Fear Islam?

Although Marine le Pen did not win the French presidential elections, the anti islamic discourses and practices will not abate. This essay explains why, focusing in particular on the lack of symbolic integration of Islam in France.   https://berkleycenter.georgetown.edu/forum/religious-freedom-in-france-s-presidential-elections/responses/why-do-the-french-fear-islam

German Interior Minister revives the debate on a ‘guiding culture’ to which Muslims must assimilate

  Periodically, the German discourse on immigration is marked by the resurgence of a distinctly German notion – the idea of a ‘guiding culture’ (Leitkultur), supposed to connote an essence of Germanness that needs to be safeguarded amidst what appear to be accelerating migratory flows. Leitkultur...

German Army rocked by right-wing extremism revelations

To what extent is the German Army – the Bundeswehr – a home for far-right sentiments? This disconcerting question has dominated the German political debate since last week’s arrest of Franco A. Apparently motivated by far-right ideology, the 28-year-old Lieutenant is suspected of having...

German Turks debate the results of the constitutional referendum

On April 16, Turkish voters approved President Erdoğan’s proposed constitutional changes, transforming the country into a presidential republic. Turkish voters domestically were close to being evenly split on the issue, with only a narrow...

UK Independence Party manifesto includes burka ban

UKIP party leader Paul Nuttal said that wearing a burka or niqab was too much of a security risk and barrier to integration.  Labour MP Chuka Umunna responded that UKIP was a "hate peddler." Nuttal...

Muslim Liberal Democrat candidate in UK elections suspended for anti-Semitic remarks

Ashuk Ahmed, once honoured in the House of Lords for among the most "inspirational role models for British Muslims," is no longer the Liberal Democratic candidate for the Luton South constituency. Ahmed was suspended...

Macron and Le Pen’s positions on halal

In France the issue of halal meat has often been polemicized in presidential campaigns. Le Pen has previously stated that "according to the Île-de-France Agricultural Chamber, 100% of meat killed in the region is halal." She...

Laïcité and Islam: the positions of Macron and Le Pen

Oumma.tv has published a compilation video of Emmanuel Macron and Marine Le Pen's statements regarding Islam and laïcité. Clips include Macron asking: "how can we ask our fellow citizens to believe in the Republic...

France’s Muslim leaders discourage abstention

While the majority of French Muslims traditionally have voted for leftist parties, at a recent UOIF conference there was talk of abstention. The main candidates--save for Marine Le Pen--met the leaders of the French Council...

First round of elections: Muslims voted Mélenchon

While 46% of practicing Catholics voted for François Fillon in the first round of elections, 37% of Muslims voted for Jean-Luc Mélenchon. These findings are according to an Ifop poll for the newspaper Pèlerin, published on April...

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