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BEXP 13A00 - East in the West : Arab Politics and Culture in Europe

Type d'enseignement : Seminar

Semester : Spring 2017-2018

Number of hours : 24

Language of tuition : English



Course Description

This course traces back the arrival and integration in France of populations from the Southern and Eastern Mediterranean. More than others, France's identity was profoundly shaped by constant dialogue with these populations. From the foundation of Marseille around 600 BC, through the first Arabic courses in 1669, the development of anti-colonial ideas in Paris' Latin Quartier in the early XXth century to the peak in popularity of North African music in the late 1990s, France has continuously absorbed foreign cultures and regenerated them as its own. As such, this continuous dialogue between France and the Arab world lies very far from the asserted vision of two homogenous and irreconcilable civilizational blocks. This course is essential for students willing to understand France's unique oriental background, whether political, economic or cultural. It also sheds a new light on questions of integration and identity, which have dominated public debate in recent years.


HOUSSAIS, Coline E. (Consultante)

Course validation

- Group synthesis (written + oral) : 50 % ; - Note (à définir) : 30% ; - Reprise orale d'exposé : 10% ; - Participation : 10%.

Required reading

Abulafia, David, 2014, The Great Sea: A Human History of the Mediterranean, Penguin Books.

Additional required reading

  • Aly, Ramy M. K., 2015, Becoming Arab in London: Performativity and the Undoing of Identity, Pluto Press.
  • Bancel Nicolas, Lemaire Sandrine, 2006, La fracture coloniale : La société française au prisme de l'héritage colonial, La Découverte.
  • Anderson, Benedict, 1983, Imagined Communities, various publishers.
  • Bauberot Jean, 2013 (6e édition), Histoire de la laïcité en France, PUF.