“The fundamentalist discourse is minority but deafening”

In his book My Islam, my freedom (Albin Michel), the first French woman imame gives her vision of a liberal Islam that wishes to live in harmony with the values ​​of the Republic.

To make heard, in France, the voice of liberal and reformist Islam, today stifled by the deafening discourse of the fundamentalists. This is the subject of the book * by Kahina Bahloul, the first French woman imame. From a Kabyle father and a mother of Jewish and Catholic origins, this Franco-Algerian was born in 1979, the year when Khomeini proclaimed the Islamic Republic of Iran and when the work of the great Andalusian mystic, Ibn Arabi, was prohibited in sale in Egypt. The young woman grew up in Algeria, where she experienced the rise of fundamentalism.

A law graduate who arrived in France at the age of 24, she worked for 12 years in the insurance sector, before starting studies in Islamology and becoming involved after the 2015 attacks. Co-founder of the religious association La Mosquée Fatima (a reference to the daughter of the Prophet), this Islamologist of Sufi tradition held her first office in May 2019. Until then, no official representative of Islam in France has

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