French Muslims becoming more observant

January 17, 2008

Veiled French Muslim girl during a protest against a ban on religious clothing in state schools, 31 Jan 2004/Charles PlatiauFrench Muslims have become more observant in recent years, according to a new survey.

Thirty-nine percent of Muslims surveyed by the polling group IFOP said they observed Islam’s five prayers daily, a steady rise from 31 percent in 1994, according to the study published in the Catholic daily La Croix.

Mosque attendance for Friday prayers has risen to 23 percent, up from 16 percent in 1994, while Ramadan observance has reached 70 percent compared to 60 percent in 1994, it said.

Read the whole news story on it here in English.

In French, you can find the full results of the survey “1989 – 2007 Enquête sur l’évolution de l’Islam de France” from the IFOP polling group.

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