Public School in France: The Place of Islam and Muslim’s Languages
Samim Akgönul [+]
University of Strasbourg
France is known as a strictly secular state where religion has no place in the educational system. But since 1990, “religion” as a social total fact, and especially “Islam” seen as problematic within the framework of “French values” became one of the main educational battlefield. Islam has been introduced in the school programmes as a part of the “religious fact” since 2002 Debray’s report. In addition, France is politically investing on the Imam’s training programmes especially at the University. A Master of “Islamology” has started at Strasbourg Public University in 2010. Finally, Islamic education is also more and more visible at private schools in contract or not with the French State with, for the moment, a small success.