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Young, Muslim and French


60 minutes
Source: Films for the Humanities & Sciences

Focusing on the 2004 decision to ban the wearing of traditional Muslim headscarves in public schools, this program shows how the controversy has played out in Dammarie-les-Lys, a racially diverse, working-class community on the outskirts of Paris. The French tradition of secularism, unemployment among the French Muslim minority, and the lack of social integration in France are among the many issues explored.

Related publications:
What Do We Do With a Difference: France and the Debate over Headscarves in Schools
Stories of Identity: Religion, Identity and Belonging in a Changing World

Related online video:
Secularity and Religious Identity: The French Headscarf Dilemma (view below)

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