Islam in Modern Societies: Facts, Issues, and Perspectives in the West


“Jamel Khermimoun considers that Muslims born in France and in the West now build their identity not from an imported model but from a strong sense of belonging to the nation, which they claim at the same time as their Islam. He wants to shed light on his reading of texts guided ‘by the spirit of flexibility and openness advocated by Islam.’ We must listen carefully to what he has to say to us; one must know how to confront one’s own point of view with one’s own, and thus enter into a process of dialogue which, as he writes himself, creates ‘real issues’ and is capable of ‘appeasing the spirits’”

—(Jean Baubérot, professor emeritus of the Chair “History and Sociology of Secularism” [Ecole Pratique des Hautes Etudes in Paris] and author of several books).

“Through this book, the author ‘has the merit of advocating the creation of a field of mutual acquaintance [. . .],’ a base of common values ‘that can help Westerners and Muslims to get out of the tunnel of reciprocal prejudices, to protect together the true notion of secularism that calls for respect for individual choices and the defense of the right of expression’”

—(Claudia Mansueto, doctor of literature, professor at the University of Trieste).

“Jamel Khermimoun provides answers to the questions raised by the place of the Muslim religion in modern societies.”

“For the author, Islam is not incompatible with secularism because it shares with it the most important values which make possible ‘cohabitation,’ or even mutual enrichment. Instead of opposing them, it encourages us to reinvest the republican principles that make up our societies. [. . .] It is for those of us who want to understand the world in which they live. The links of Islam to modernity, to knowledge, to the idea of freedom, to the equality of the sexes, to violence, to fanaticism, to racism, are here dealt with frankness and clarity’”

—(Victor Loupan, journalist, author, former international reporter at Figaro Magazine).