SThe French President had already at the beginning of the year Emmanuel Macron announced plans to recapture areas of the republic that had been lost to “Islamist separatism”. This announcement takes shape after the murder of Samuel Paty, a teacher who covered cartoons of Mohammed in class. In addition to a number of associations and mosques, the state is now also targeting Islamic educational institutions and home tuition, which was previously permitted. As it turned out, the latter was widely used to send children to unofficial Islamic schools.
This brings a central area of Islamist propaganda into the spotlight in Europe: the upbringing of children and young people. It has always been one of the most important concerns of political-Islamic organizations. Already the founder of Muslim Brotherhood, Hasan al-Banna, saw the Islamic guidance of the young generation as one of the most important tasks of his movement. The current chief ideologist, Yusuf al-Qaradawi, also counts one of the greatest successes of the Muslim Brotherhood to have “provided for entire generations to be brought up in accordance with Islam.” The French interior minister named the Muslim Brotherhood explicitly as ideological opponents of the republic alongside the Salafists after the Paris attack.