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Quest for 'French Islam' Goes to Classroom

In a classroom of the Catholic University of Paris, overlooking the dome of a 17th century church, three Muslim women from Algeria pore over the origins of the word "secularism." It is through weekly meetings in this unlikely setting and others that France — a strictly secular state with a Christian majority — hopes to train the nearly 2,000 imams and would-be Muslim chaplains, like these women, spreading the word to some 5 million Muslims, its largest minority. Encouraging...

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