Religion and Exclusion in Paris

“When the sun sets, the violence begins. Burning cars, balaclava-clad youth battling police (sometimes with real bullets), and an increasing sense of hopelessness cover neighborhoods long afflicted with high unemployment. It could be the West Bank, but this time the unrest is happening in the French working-class neighborhoods that are home to immigrant populations who have been excluded (or have excluded themselves, as some critics charge) from the relative affluence of French life.” Shahed Amanullah, editor-in-chief of Alt.Muslim and Revealer contributor, looks at the role of religion in the Paris riots and finds it largely incidental — not the cause of the violence, as some right-wing politicians would claim, in support of their anti-Muslim and anti-immigrant stances, but merely the faith of the disenfranchised.

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