A French court recently ruled against granting citizenship to a native Moroccan Muslim woman, feeling that her values were incompatible with French values. The court, and its agents, felt the Muslim woman was practicing “radical” Islam, which brings up the very necessary question,
What exactly is radical Islam?
Stereotypically, thoughts of radical Islam conjure images of armed men and enraged expressions – but essentially, radicalism in Islam is an unbalanced approach to the faith. A radical perspective is not limited to armed terrorists, but terrorists of the mind – those who sympathize and identify with radical Islamic ideals. In the context of the situation at hand, the 32-year-old Muslim woman has been residing in France since 2000, along with her husband and three French-born children. According to social service reports, the woman, totally veiled in a *burqa, lived in “total submission to her male relatives.” A question I’d like to raise here is whether the “submission” was voluntary or forced
For many Muslim women in this type of an arrangement, submission to a total patriarchal environment is not a voluntary act, but a compelled one. For those looking to gain insight, it is important to understand that such a situation is a difficult stronghold to break away from, and nearly impossible to have genuine autonomy in. If she is in a pressurized environment, which is also difficult to identify, then should not her husband be held accountable and shouldn’t his citizenship status (if applicable) come under scrutiny on the very same grounds on which she is being denied?
Is assimilation a reasonable requirement?
Absolutely. Assimilation, within reason, should be a prerequisite for citizenship to the land you seek to benefit from and identify with. In this case, a citizen of France over a citizen of a radical thoughts. Controversy to this argument lies mainly in the perceived requirement to give up what you believe you are in order to be a part of something else. However, no one is forcing or requiring you to be a citizen; it is a status independently sought.
A lack of assimilation leads to alienation. Alienation leads to cultural, economic, and social rifts. The escalating tension between Muslims in Europe and native Europeans is evidence of such an assertion.