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Muslims and Jews in France: History of a Conflict by [Mandel, Maud S.]
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"Mandel offers new perspectives on the factors at play in deteriorating Jewish-Muslim interactions. She challenges theories that concentrate on the Middle East and argues that they obscure dynamics in France that have more directly influenced the situation. This concise account, which highlights instances of interethnic cooperation, is chronologically organized and underscores how the legacy of French colonialism created separate paths for the thousands of North African Muslims and Jews that settled in France because of decolonization."--Choice

"I found this an enjoyable and illuminating read. . . . [I]t is a worthwhile book which illuminates one of the pressing problems of our time."--Ruth Barbour, Open History

"Muslims and Jews in France is a remarkably concise and clear analysis of the complex relationship and mutual constitution of the two communities. Mandel has a knack for making the paradoxes of her subjects accessible, making this book necessary reading for anyone interested in contemporary French history and politics, Jewish history and Muslim-Jewish relations: instead of just lamenting the news, it allows us to think through it critically."--Arthur Asseraf, French History

"Muslims and Jews in France is a most in-depth, sophisticated piece of work that warrants a lot of attention and needs to be read; particularly in light of an on-going conflict where there appears to be no end in sight."--David Marx, David Marx: Book Reviews

"For those who prefer thoughtful historical analysis to slogans, Mandel's book is one place to turn. What one finds is that post-war Jewish life in Europe in general, and France in particular, belies the tidy narrative still being constructed."--Simon J. Rabinovitchm, Haaretz

"[A] masterful analysis."--Jean-Philippe Dedieu, Sociology

"Muslims and Jews in France: A History of Conflict, by Maud Mandel, offers a valuable historical portrait of relations between the two most significant religious minorities in France, and Europe, Jews and Muslims."--Shana Cohen, Journal of Muslims in Europe

"In this balanced and sensitive study, Mandel offers a detailed assessment of the development of Muslim-Jewish relations from the immediate post-war years to the late 1980s. . . . Mandel's thoughtful analysis raises important questions for future research. Overall, this is a valuable consideration of a complex topic, and one that will be of benefit both to historians of decolonisation and left-wing mobilisation, and also to those more broadly interested in the controversies which continue to fire the French political imagination."--J. Wardhaugh, English Historical Review

"Based on exhaustive research, Muslims and Jews in France condenses half a century of complex inter-ethnic relations in a little more than hundred and fifty pages of text (with 80 pages of notes!) and succeeds in giving a clear picture of the interaction between these two minority communities in France. Recommended to all academic libraries."--Roger S. Kohn, Association of Jewish Libraries Reviews

"Outstanding. . . . A significant achievement."--Richard S. Fogarty, American Historical Review

"Lucid. . . . [An] important new book."--Lisa Moses Leff, Journal of Modern History

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"Mandel deftly analyzes the polarization of positions concerning Muslims and Jews in France while giving a dramatic example of how social reality and language may themselves conflict. As she points out, social violence between the two groups has been rare, while the increasing polarization of discourse has proceeded apace. Sure to raise some hackles, her book is a provocative must-read."--Nancy L. Green, École des Hautes Études en Sciences Sociales, Paris

"Mandel reveals how the conventional opposition between Muslim and Jew has obscured a more complex pattern of interethnic relations in France. At the same time, she demonstrates that the language of ethnic and religious discord has itself had a powerful impact on Muslims and Jews alike. In a study that combines sophistication with clarity, Mandel provides a compelling historical account of an issue that continues to shape the present."--David Feldman, Birkbeck, University of London

"Using a wide variety of sources and focusing on local events in Marseille, Mandel deftly shows how a specifically French history interacts with international events to produce conflicts between Jews and Muslims. She provides new and important insights into the nature of the conflict, the political groups that produced it, and the ways in which perceptions of each group have been shaped."--Joan Wallach Scott, author of The Politics of the Veil


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  • File Size: 3098 KB
  • Print Length: 260 pages
  • Publisher: Princeton University Press (January 5, 2014)
  • Publication Date: January 5, 2014
  • Sold by: Amazon Digital Services LLC
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B00FP1TPJG
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This is a terrific book. It is all the more necessary to read it in the wake of the Charlie Hebdo massacre. The book is based upon a tremendous amount of research into numerous archives and published sources. Mandel does something that is really hard to do: she peels back layers and layers of contemporary perceptions and gets beneath them to reveal a very complex story that is neither politically correct nor viscerally satisfying to any interested parties. Muslim and Jewish groups and individuals, she shows, really only "became" what we now call "Muslims and Jews" over time. A host of forces, from communal leaders' way of talking about Muslims and Jews, to colonialism and the process of decolonization, to the Israeli-Arab conflict, to the way multiculturalism was articulated in France in the 1980s, shaped the notion that Muslims and Jews are overriding labels for these individuals and that the two groups are in almost inevitable conflict. The book helps us to understand both the long-term roots of recent events in Paris, and the way that they were hardly inevitable. That Mandel tells this complicated story with analytical rigor, artful writing, concision, and an evident human compassion for all concerned makes this book truly excellent.
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If you are looking for a book that rationalizes Muslim antisemitism in France, then this is for you. Unfortunately, Mandels arguments should have emphasized the past 1500 years of Islamic antisemitism and easily extend to the global antisemitism problem, but they do not. Some interesting insights that may speak to Muslim rage, but nothing to explain why the 1,500 years of genocidal anti-Jewish rage is there to begin with unless one goes down the kill the kaffir/infidel path and she would rather look anywhere else. For a fuller understanding go Bostom, McCarthy or any of the brave Muslims critical of Islamic antisemitism e.g Salim Mansur, Brigitte Gabriel, Wafa Sultan and so on.
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The prosperous Jewish community living today in Turkey and Morocco side by side with Muslims in harmonious way is indication that religion is a positive contributor in our relations. Just and fair policies will only produce a civilized conflict over issues that we disagree upon, but unjust policies will make such disagreements very violent. I agree with research methodology of the book but I do not necessarily agree will all conclusions. The book shows that human behavior irrespective of faith and religion is what leads to such violent conflicts.
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