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DSPO 2505A - 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 have dominated public debate in recent years. In light of the EURAF's regional focus, regular references will be made to Sub-Saharan African intellectual and artistic figures (especially from the French and British former zones of influence), when relevant.


HOUSSAIS, Coline E. (Consultante)

Course validation

ASSIGNMENTS / GRADING / LATE WORK POLICY - 35%: 10-min oral presentation (with 3 page-long written support), - 45%: 10-page long group written presentation on a chosen subject, - 20% 10-min oral presentation (with 1 page-long written support) about a cultural product (film, book, painting, picture, song, poem…) related to the course. - Late work policy to be announced at the beginning of the course. - Participation and attendance are not marked per say, but will be essential when calculating (up or down) the final average of the three assignments.


BIBLIOGRAPHY (SECONDARY) - 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. - Blanchard Pascal, Bancel Nicolas, Lemaire Sandrine, 2011, Culture post-coloniale 1961-2006 : Traces et mémoires coloniales en France, Editions Autrement. - Boëtsch Gilles, Blanchard Pascal, 2005, Marseille, porte Sud : Un siècle d'histoire coloniale et d'immigration, La Découverte. - Brisson Thomas, 2008, Les intellectuels arabes en France, La Dispute. - Cesari Jocelyne, 1994, Etre musulman en France : associations, militants et mosquées, Karthala. - D'Adler Marie-Ange, 2008, Le cimetière musulman de Bobigny : lieu de mémoire d'un siècle d'immigration, Autrement. - Dakhlia Jocelyne, 2013, Les Musulmans dans l'histoire de l'Europe : passages et contacts en Méditerranée, Albin Michel. - Dakhlia Jocelyne, 2016, Les Musulmans dans l'histoire de l'Europe : une intégration invisible, Albin Michel. - Dyab Hanna, 2015, D'Alep à Paris, Sindbad. - Ghali Waguih, 1964, Beer in the Snooker Club, Serpent's Tail Classics. - Goebel Michael, 2017, Anti-Imperial Metropolis: Interwar Paris and the Seeds of Third World Nationalism, Cambridge University Press. - Göle Nilüfer, 2005, Interpénétrations : L'Islam et l'Europe, Galaade éditions. - Kaouah Abdelmadjid, Stétié Salah, 2010, Arabes en/de France, Nouvelles Editions Loubatières. - Laurens Henry, 1990, Le royaume impossible : la France et la genèse du monde arabe, Armand Colin. - Maalouf Amin, 1986, Léon l'Africain, JC Lattès - Salih Tayeb, 1966, Season of Migration to the North, Penguin Classics. - Schifano Elsa, 2003, L'édition africaine en France, Portraits, L'Harmattan. - Shimon Samuel, 2005, An Iraqi in Paris (published in French by Actes Sud under the title Un Irakien à Paris), Banipal Publishing. - Tillion Germaine, 1966, Le Harem et les cousins, Editions du Seuil. - Yahi Naïma, 2013, La France arabo-orientale, La Découverte. - The following issues of the Hommes et Migrations magazine: o N°1316 – October/December 2016 – L'islam en Europe o N°1310 – April/June 2015 – Fashion Mix o N°1308 – December 2014 – Les Paris des Migrants OTHER SOURCES (SECONDARY) - Songs and scopitones by Algerian singer Mazouni - Documentary Trésors de scopitones arabes, kabyles, berbères by Michèle Collery and Anaïs Prosaic (1999) - Website of association « Génériques » that promotes the history of migrations in France - Website of the Cité de l'Immigration museum - Show « Cabaret Tam-Tam » by Méziane Azaïche (regular performances throughout France)

Required reading

- 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.

Additional required reading

  • - Coller Ian, 2010, Arab France – Islam and the making of Modern Europe, 1798-1831, University of California Press (also available in French under the title Une France arabe : 1798-1831, published by Alma Editeur).
  • - Goebel Michael, 2017, Anti-Imperial Metropolis: Interwar Paris and the Seeds of Third World Nationalism, Cambridge University Press.
  • - Hazareesingh Sudhir, How the French Think: An Affectionate Portrait of an Intellectual People (also available in French under the title Ce pays qui aime les idées), 2015, Allen Lane.
  • - Said Edward, 1978, Orientalism (also available in French from various publishers), Pantheon Books.