As France’s churches become increasingly empty, more and more Muslims are seeking a place to worship. Muslim leader Dalli Boubakeur proposes a solution: turn churches into mosques. But the idea of transforming these historic sites into spaces for a foreign religion has outraged the nationalist right.
In the dark, I imagined the worst, as one is prone to do when female, abroad, and alone. I had locked the door from the inside, and had checked on all the windows. But this was India; taking a door off its hinges probably wouldn’t be that hard.
Chris Hedges, Pultizer Prize-winner, teaches a creative writing class comprised half of Princeton students and half of inmates at a women’s prison nearby. He and Boris Franklin, a former student of his, spoke to me about the role of education in prisons, the standing of women, and the necessity of divestment from private prisons.