Zinedane zidane is non practicing Muslim from France

January 20, 2022 Off By Oha

Zinedine Zidane is a non-practicing Muslim.

Zinedine Zidane

Not by choice, he is in the middle of French racial politics.

Zinedine Zidane was born and raised in La Castellane, a suburb of Marseille, France.

Zidane describes himself as a “non-practicing Muslim.”[1] But that doesn’t stop him from reportedly praying before games.[2] He also married a Christian woman,[3] which doesn’t make any comment on his own religion, except to say that he is accepting of others’ religions.

Zidane isn’t likely to open up any more about his religious beliefs. He is notoriously shy with the press to the point that one reporter described him as “resolutely unknowable.”[4] But Zidane has been forced into the political debate, whether he likes it or not.

And lastly, a Frenchman

Zidane’s family moved to France from Algeria in the 1950s.[5] His parents’ adopted home doesn’t exactly have a stellar reputation of acceptance toward its immigrant population–especially its Muslim immigrants. The way in which Zidane describes his identity reflects this lack of tolerance: