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sarah amy harvard @amyharvard_
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Quick thread: French President Emmanuel Macron is about to review a 619-page report that proposes establishing a"French Islam." More than anything, this proposal is another act to subjugate French Muslims into second-class citizens—back to the colonial days of code d'indignant.
The mastermind behind the report, titled "The Islamist Factory," is Hakim El Karoui (the cousin of Tunisian PM Hamed Karoui), who is a bit center-right, comes from the banking sector, and currently serves as a senior fellow at Institut Montaigne.
The report does say only a small fraction of Muslims have been exposed to extremism and includes some sound suggestions.

Ex: Increasing Arabic courses at public schools. (Its reasoning is Islamists prey on disillusioned youth with Arabic courses at their mosques & madrassas.)
The report suggests financially backing this "French Islam" reformation by taxing halal foods in the country — which, I might add, is the typically French and statist thing to do.

But what's troublesome about the report is two-fold.
First, and most importantly, besides El Karoui (who is *not* an Islamic scholar or community leader), the report failed to approach any French Imams or Muslim leaders. It failed to include feedback/insight on the struggles and concerns of French Muslim society.
If it's Islamic reformation you want, how can you successfully achieve it without knowing or understanding the Muslims you hope to reach?

Furthermore, how can French Muslims view this proposal with legitimacy after France's numerous attempts to stifle religious expression?
Which brings me to my second point: The report fails to tackle any real systemic issues with Islam and Muslims in France. You know, the ones that are real determining factors—from outlawing certain religious garb to racial prejudice—for why some Muslim youth turn to extremism.
I'm also talking the xenophobic emergency laws that Macron rendered permanent — you know, the one with widespread surveillance, stop-and-frisk in "protection zones" and midnight raid operations that terrorize black and brown French civilians.
Or the ridiculously high incarceration rate of Muslims in French prisons. (They make up 60-70% of all French prisoners despite making up only slightly >10% of the population)

Or how French Muslims face EXTRAORDINARY discrimination in the job market. From:…
Finally, the inanity of France's relentless desire to secularize Islam:

Instead of reforming its systemic flaws, France wants to revise an ENTIRE ancient religion believed by 1.8B people to be the impenetrable true word of God.

For what? The slight chance it'll curb extremism?
Think about it. Instead of tackling their racist laws and failed social policies, France would rather create their own version of a religion, which dates back centuries and belongs to 1.8 billion people, just for the modest chance to prevent a few people from becoming terrorists.
For more insight on what life is like for brown and black civilians in Macron's France, feel free to read my piece in the New Republic:…
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