Islam not a threat to secularism: French Orientalist

Islam does not pose a threat to secularism and French Muslims are taking initiatives in coping with the country’s secular laws, French orientalist Bruno Etienne maintained. Speaking to, he said that France’s five million Muslims, a recognized minority, are expected to comply with the country’s secularism, which is rather a positive challenge for them.

“Etienne praised moderate Muslim youths and activists, like Tareq Ramadan, ‘for their earnest efforts in understanding and explaining true Islam, which will definitely play a key role in drawing up the future picture of Islam in Europe’.”

Islam Online, 30 September 2003