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Maud S. Mandel

Print publication date: 2014

Print ISBN-13: 9780691125817

Published to Princeton Scholarship Online: October 2017

DOI: 10.23943/princeton/9780691125817.001.0001

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Decolonization and Migration

Decolonization and Migration

Constructing the North African Jew

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Muslims and Jews in France
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Maud S. Mandel

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Princeton University Press
DOI:10.23943/princeton/9780691125817.003.0003

This chapter builds on the link between French colonial policies and Muslim–Jewish relations in the metropole by tracing how decolonization throughout North Africa changed the way a diverse set of social actors, including French colonial administrators, international Jewish spokesmen, and a wide range of indigenous nationalist groups conceptualized Jewish belonging throughout the region. It argues that the process led to the emergence of the “North African Jew,” a category to which no individual ascribed but that worked rhetorically to unite the diverse Moroccan, Tunisian, and Algerian Jewish populations into a collective often understood to be in conflict with “North Africans,” “Muslims,” or “Arabs.”

Keywords:   Muslims, Jews, France, colonial policy, Muslim–Jewish relations, decolonization, North Africa, North African Jew

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