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DSPO 2455A - East in the West, a History of Arab Politics and Culture in Europe

Type d'enseignement : Elective

Semester : Autumn 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 dominated public debate in recent years


HOUSSAIS, Coline E. (Consultante)

Additional required reading

  • Coller Ian, 2010, Arab France – Islam and the making of Modern Europe, 1798-1831, University of California Press (disponible également en français sous le titre Une France arabe : 1798-1831 paru en 2014 chez Alma Editeur).
  • Blanchard Pascal, Deroo Eric, El-Yazami Driss, Fournié Pierre, Manceron Gilles, 2003, Le Paris arabe : 2 siècles de présence des Orientaux et des Maghrébins, 1830-2003, La Découverte.
  • Hazareesingh Sudhir, How the French Think: An Affectionate Portrait of an Intellectual People (disponible également en français sous le titre Ce pays qui aime les idées), 2015, Allen Lane.
  • Noiriel Gérard, 1988, Le Creuset français : histoire de l'immigration XIXe-XXe siècle, Seuil