In recent years, Islam has become an eminently political subject. Its religious and spiritual dimension has melted away leaving nothing but controversy. In this cacophony, only the obscurantists on one hand and the islamophobes on the other have their say in the media, in a formidably effective display of one-upmanship and mutual legitimisation. As a result, the headscarf has become the niqab. For too long, the debate in France has focused mainly on the issue of visibility in public spaces. A distorted image of Islam emerges from this double manipulation, both in society as a whole and among Muslims themselves.
The aim of this contribution is to encourage public decision-makers and observers of social and political life to broaden their field of vision and sharpen their perception.
This paper is written by Bariza Khiari, Senator from Paris (former first Vice-President of the Senate).
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