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A French imam's argument for why Islam belongs in France
by James McAuley
Tareq Oubrou is the leader of the Muslim community in a city famous for the earthy red wines that have made this region a household name — and that his followers are forbidden from sampling.
But after three major terrorist attacks in two years and recent controversy over the "burkini" swimsuit, Oubrou has become France's leading advocate for an Islam that is progressive, inclusive and, most of all, French.
In a series of articles, television interviews and now a popular book, Oubrou has publicly criticized the headscarf, argued for welcoming homosexual Muslims into the faith and equated the essence of Islam with the basic French idea of human emancipation.
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