The meeting was held Thursday, February 4 at the end of the afternoon in the premises of The cross in Montrouge (Hauts-de-Seine). For more than an hour, the historian Rachid Benzine and the Dominican Emmanuel Pisani reflected on the situation of Muslims in France and on new currents of thought which seek to promote their integration into society.
This meeting was part of a work of analysis and investigation published by The cross for two weeks on the theme “Islam, why it’s complicated”. Distributed on the Web and in the daily newspaper, the numerous articles aimed to explain what, in the Muslim tradition and in history, complicates the adaptation of Islam to French society and the coexistence between Muslims and non-Muslims. It was also a question of bringing out the theological avenues which are being invented today for a more free and peaceful practice.
It is from this same perspective, by exchanging “ideas to better understand each other”, that Rachid Benzine and fr Emmanuel Pisani discussed, in an interview led by Anne-Bénédicte Hoffner, deputy head of the world service at The cross.
Islamologist and historian, Rachid Benzine became interested in these questions after his meeting with the Catholic priest Christian Delorme in Lyon and worked extensively with Protestant theologians. Dominican brother and Islamologist, Emmanuel Pisani is director of the Institute of Science and Theology of Religions (ISTR) at the Catholic Institute of Paris.