From Normale Superieur to Sufism, and Back

Islam must find its place in the West. Abdennour Pierre Bidar, professor of philosophy, is persuaded of this and wants to convince us as well. But his Islam is particular – it is the result of a long personal path that has let him to consider himself today as an atypical muslim, a “polka-dotted zebra” who believes in a divine presence and in individual liberty. He is against those who lock themselves into submission to the religious law and to “the mortal idea of jihad”.