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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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Particularism versus Pluriculturalism

Particularism versus Pluriculturalism

The Birth and Death of the Anti-Racist Coalition

(p.125) 6 Particularism versus Pluriculturalism
Muslims and Jews in France

Maud S. Mandel

Princeton University Press

This chapter traces the rise and fall of a Muslim–Jewish alliance to fight racism in 1980s France. It argues that the widespread excitement over the joint anti-racist campaign in the mid-1980s overlooked ongoing tensions between “particularistic” and “pluricultural” approaches to ethno-religious participation in the French state. Divisions over the Palestinian–Israeli conflict both prior to and during the 1991 Gulf War made these tensions evident as, once again, debates over the Middle East became a means of making sense of politics at home. Although calls for joint anti-racist campaigns never disappeared, by the end of the 1980s, those who articulated such appeals had backed away from a “pluricultural” model. While Muslims and Jews should work together, they argued, their perspectives and goals were necessarily divergent.

Keywords:   racism, Muslims, Jews, France, Muslim–Jewish relations, ethno-religious participation, pluriculturalism, particularism

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