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The Constrained Role of the Muslim Chaplain in French Prisons

  • Farhad Khosrokhavar
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Abstract

The article explores the situation of Muslims in French prisons. It shows the lines of fracture between the Muslim chaplains on one hand, the authorities, and some Muslim groups on the other. Formalized Muslim chaplaincy in French prisons has limited effectiveness in keeping in check radicalization in prison, due to structural obstacles and due to the emergence of new groups of Muslim prisoners, the Salafists, who develop a version of Islam that most of the time is out of tune with that of the imams in prison.

Keywords

Radicalization Prison Muslim chaplain Imam Minister Secularization Religious diversity Laïcité Salafist Jihadist 

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© Springer Science+Business Media New York 2014

Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.Centre d’Analyse et d’Intervention Sociologiques (CADIS: EHESS-CNRS)ParisFrance

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