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Muslims and Jews in FranceHistory of a Conflict$
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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

Maud S. Mandel

Princeton University Press

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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