Bordeaux Imam Tareq Oubrou calls for integration of Muslims in France

In his new book Profession imâm (“The Imam’s Profession”, Albin Michel, 2009) Tareq Oubrou, theologian and Imam in Bordeaux, argues that “Muslims must adapt their practices to French society.” Oubrou claims that the privatization of religion in France encourages Muslims to emphasize their faiths, contributing to their social marginalization. He points to how Muslim women in France are reduced to their hijabs, which are not cultural objects or sacred symbols. Each Muslim, he concludes, should have the opportunity to voice his or her own interpretation of the Qur’an, and dress accordingly.