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An integrated France?

A new book dispels the notion that France's Muslims are intent on forging a society distinct from the mainstream

By prospect   February 2007

Integrating Islam: Political and Religious Challenges in Contemporary France by Jonathan Laurence and Justin Vaisse Brookings Institution Press, $22.95

Concerns over Islamist extremism in the west have for some time been skewing the debate about the integration of Muslims in Europe. The worst canard is the dystopian vision of “Eurabia”: the idea, based on sketchy demographic projections, that the old continent will soon be overtaken by Arabs.

The middle east scholar Bernard Lewis has forecast that Muslims will outnumber non-Muslims in Europe by the end of the century, and that in the meantime western governments will have to contend with…

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