This article in Libération charts Nicolas Sarkozy’s discourse on Arabic language instruction in France. The author suggests that while he has been extremely involved in the structuring of Islam in France and has presented himself as open to relationships with Mediterranean nations, there has been little advancement on his earlier promises related to Arabic instruction in public … [Read more...] about French President Sarkozy Appears to Have Forgotten About Arabic Language Instruction
This article profiles Reussite, one of the first Muslim private schools in France. Several associations and activities are grouped under the umbrella of Reussite, which means “success.” The school first opened in 2001 in the densely populated suburb of Aubervilliers, northeast of Paris. Initially the school had a handful of middle school students, but today 138 pupils in junior … [Read more...] about Increasing Number of French Muslim Girls Attend Private Schools
A Moroccan Muslim man has been imprisoned for continuously threatening and abusing his wife. The wife is a 43 year educated woman, with two sons, and was offered a job as an Arabic language teacher at an army base, Ancona. Her husband forced her to quit the job using violence, threats and insults. Her Moroccan Muslim husband holds very orthodox views and disapproves of her … [Read more...] about Moroccan man physically assults wife for accepting a job.
Several candidates running in the Netherlands’ March 3 local elections have published campaign material in languages other than Dutch, sparking criticism from other campaigners. Turkish and Arabic-language election posters have appeared at various places in the country, as Labour (PvdA), the Christian democrats (CDA), centre-left D66, the Socialist Party (SP) and the leftwing … [Read more...] about Controversy over Turkish and Arabic posters in Netherlands’ election
While some say his views on Islam were considered to be within the mainstream, Abdulmutallab has also been described by some friends and acquaintances as being opaque and unknowable. Experts have uncovered puzzling character traits and interests as their investigation of how and when he was radicalized moves forward. They have also discovered an interesting path of world … [Read more...] about Abdulmutallab met with Anwar al-Awlaki after finishing Arabic language course