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Only Muslim: Embodying Islam in Twentieth-Century France

Naomi Davidson


The French state has long had a troubled relationship with its diverse Muslim populations. This book traces this turbulence to the 1920s and 1930s, when North Africans first immigrated to French cities in significant numbers. The book reveals the ways in which French politicians and social scientists created a distinctly French vision of Islam that would inform public policy and political attitudes toward Muslims for the rest of the century—Islam français. French Muslims were cast into a permanent “otherness” that functioned in the same way as racial difference. This notion that one was only a ... More

Keywords: France, French Muslims, Islam français, otherness, North African immigrants, Mosquée de Paris, Muslim cultural institute

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2012 Print ISBN-13: 9780801450914
Published to Cornell Scholarship Online: August 2016 DOI:10.7591/cornell/9780801450914.001.0001


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Naomi Davidson, author
Assistant Professor of History, the University of Ottawa