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Why The 'Making Of A French Imam' Training Course Is Flunking

In 2008, the French government set up a unique training program to teach French values, notably the separation of state and religion, to imams and other Muslim leaders. But many have been reluctant to enroll, and some wonder if the program was doomed from

The great mosque of Paris is now part of the city's scenery (Stéphane Martin)
The great mosque of Paris is now part of the city's scenery (Stéphane Martin)
Stéphanie Le Bars

PARIS - Officially, French public authorities continue to back nationally-sponsored training courses set up for Muslim religious leaders. Courses include law, secularism and religious history classes. An Interior Ministry official insisted to Le Monde that: "an end to government funding for the programs is completely out of the question."

And yet, the reality on the ground is much more complicated.

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Urban Indigenous: How Peru's Shipibo-Conibo Keep Amazon Culture Alive In The City

For four years, indigenous photographer David Díaz Gonzales has documented the lives and movements of his Shipibo-Conibo community, as many of them migrated from their native Peruvian Amazon to the city. A work of remembrance and resistance.

For Shipibo-Conibo women, sporting a fringe is usually a sign of celebration or ceremony.

Rosa Chávez Yacila

YARINACOCHA — It was decades ago when the Shipibo-Conibo left their settlements along the banks of the Ucayali River, in eastern Peru, to begin a great migration to the cities. Still among the largest Amazonian communities in Peru — 32,964 according to the Ministry of Culture — though most Shipibo-Conibo now live in the urban district of Yarinacocha.

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