French Muslims in Perspective

Nationalism, Post-Colonialism and Marginalisation under the Republic

Authors: Downing, Joseph

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  • Eschews essentialist and orientalist analyses of French Muslims
    Sheds light on previously under-examine areas such as activist work, social movements, political and media representations of Muslims in France
    Puts French Muslims into comparative perspective, integrating them into the broader discussions of race, class, multiculturalism, gender and social movement theory from across Europe and the USA 

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With the largest Muslim population in Western Europe, France has faced a number of critiques in its attempts to assimilate Muslims into an ostensibly secular (but predominantly Catholic) state and society. This book challenges traditional analyses that emphasise the conflict between Muslims and the French state and broader French society, by exploring the intersection of Muslim faith with other identities, as well as the central roles of Muslims in French civil society, politics and the media.


The tensions created by attacks on French soil by Islamic State have contributed to growing acceptance of the Islamophobic discourse of Marine Le Pen and her far-right Front National party, and debates about issues such as headscarves and burkinis have garnered worldwide attention. Downing addresses these issues from a new angle, eschewing the traditional us-and-them narrative and offering a more nuanced account based on people’s actual lived experiences. French Muslims in Perspective will be of interest to students and scholars across sociology, politics, international relations, cultural studies, European Studies and French studies, as well as policy makers and practitioners involved in immigration, education, and media. 

About the authors

Dr Joseph Downing is LSE Fellow nationalism in the European Institute, London School of Economics and Political Science, where he teaches courses on global policy and security. He was previously Marie-Curie fellow at the Laboratoire méditerranéen de sociologie, CNRS, Université Aix-Marseille Marseille and the School of Oriental and African Studies, University of London where he conducted a project on the discourses created about British and French Muslims on Twitter. He has published widely on politics, security and integration in France, concentrating on minority communities.

Table of contents (7 chapters)

Table of contents (7 chapters)
  • ‘French Muslims’ and Banality: Beyond Essentialism, Exceptionalism and Salaciousness

    Downing, Joseph

    Pages 1-34

  • Many Republics, Many Solitudes: Europeanisation, Politics, Islam, Ethnicity and the State in France

    Downing, Joseph

    Pages 35-76

  • Liberating France from Fascism and Upholding Civil Liberties: French Muslims Soldiering and Policing for the Republic

    Downing, Joseph

    Pages 77-114

  • Confronting Orientalism, Colonialism and Determinism: Deconstructing Contemporary French Jihadism

    Downing, Joseph

    Pages 115-150

  • Gender, Orientalism and Muslims in France: Culture, Masculinity, Violence and Sexuality

    Downing, Joseph

    Pages 151-186

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Hardcover £64.99
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  • ISBN 978-3-030-16102-6
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Bibliographic Information

Bibliographic Information
Book Title
French Muslims in Perspective
Book Subtitle
Nationalism, Post-Colonialism and Marginalisation under the Republic
Authors
Copyright
2019
Publisher
Palgrave Macmillan
Copyright Holder
The Editor(s) (if applicable) and The Author(s)
eBook ISBN
978-3-030-16103-3
DOI
10.1007/978-3-030-16103-3
Hardcover ISBN
978-3-030-16102-6
Edition Number
1
Number of Pages
XIV, 284
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