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Type of Document Master's Thesis
Author Boudreaux, Demas E.
Author's Email Address boudy@vt.edu
URN etd-08142006-181628
Title The French Council for the Muslim Faith: Its Implications for Representing Muslims in France
Degree Master of Arts
Department Political Science
Advisory Committee
Advisor Name Title
Milly, Deborah J. Committee Chair
Luke, Timothy W. Committee Member
Natter, Wolfgang George Committee Member
Keywords
  • CFCM
  • Muslims in France
  • Representation
Date of Defense 2006-08-10
Availability unrestricted
Abstract
The French Council for the Muslim Faith (CFCM) was formed in 2002 to act as an authoritative body for Muslims in France that it might regulate issues such as halal meat, holidays, and mosque construction, among others. A second intended role of the Council was to represent the interests of all Muslims in France that their interests might be communicated more effectively to the French government, that their growing place within French society and state might be legitimized, rather than pushed aside. Thus in this thesis, I pose this question: "Is the CFCM an effective representative of Muslims in France?"

This thesis seeks to answer this question in three parts. First, I look at the political and electoral structure of the CFCM and assess representation as a result of this structure. Then, I examine the constituent groups of the CFCM and their internal controversies to consider the representation of Muslims in France by the greater CFCM. Finally, I consider instances where the CFCM has ruled or spoken in an official capacity on both religious and social issues to demonstrate that the Council is effective at representation in some areas but not others. I ultimately conclude that by and large, the Council is not an effective representative for all Muslims in France, except in very limited circumstances. I further conclude that the Council is more effective at representing a large portion of faithful Muslims in France, but still not all.

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