Ep. 639: The Dilemmas of Religious Freedom

The French Parliament has passed a bill that will increase the state’s power over mosques. President Emmanuel Macron argues the law will bolster the country’s secular values, but will it really work? Anirudh Kanisetti and Aditya Ramanathan talk to Professor Olivier Roy of the European University Institute about the law. As one of the world’s leading experts on political Islam, Roy explains why he believes most of the conventionally cited reasons for violent extremism are wrong and why France’s new law is unlikely to do much good.

Further reading:

Roy’s essay on European jihadists

Roy’s book on ISIS, titled Jihad and death : The Global Appeal of Islamic State