The French Intifada The Long War Between France and Its Arabs

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  • Edition: Reprint
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  • Copyright: 2015-03-31
  • Publisher: Farrar, Straus and Giroux

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A provocative rethinking of France's long relationship with the Arab world

To fully understand both the social and political pressures wracking contemporary France—and, indeed, all of Europe—as well as major events from the Arab Spring in the Middle East to the tensions in Mali, Andrew Hussey believes that we have to look beyond the confines of domestic horizons. As much as unemployment, economic stagnation, and social deprivation exacerbate the ongoing turmoil in the banlieues, the root of the problem lies elsewhere: in the continuing fallout from Europe's colonial era.
Combining a fascinating and compulsively readable mix of history, literature, and politics with his years of personal experience visiting the banlieues and countries across the Arab world, especially Algeria, Hussey attempts to make sense of the present situation. In the course of teasing out the myriad interconnections between past and present in Algeria, Morocco, Tunisia, Beirut, and Western Europe, The French Intifada shows that the defining conflict of the twenty-first century will not be between Islam and the West but between two dramatically different experiences of the world—the colonizers and the colonized.

Author Biography

Andrew Hussey is the dean of the University of London Institute in Paris, a regular contributor to The Guardian and the New Statesman, and the writer and presenter of several BBC documentaries on French food and art. He is the author of The Game of War: The Life and Death of Guy Debord and Paris: The Secret History. He was awarded an Order of the British Empire in the 2011 New Year’s Honours List for services to cultural relations between the United Kingdom and France.

Table of Contents

Introduction: ‘Fuck France!’

Part One: State of Denial

1 Murder in the Suburbs

2 The Secrets of Lyons

3 A Soldier for God

Part Two: Algeria, Prisoners of Love

4 The Walls of Algeria

5 Conquest

6 The Secret World of the ‘Algerines’

7 New America

8 The French Kingdom of the Arabs

9 Latin Africa

10 Awakenings

11 Enemy States

12 Switching Sides

13 The Reconquest

14 Capitals of Madness

15 De Gaulle and the French Civil War

16 An Experimental Nation

17 The Algerian Intifada

18 The New War with France

19 Mysteries and Martyrs

20 Family Secrets

Part Three: In Morocco

21 Queer Tangier

22 Peaceful Penetration

23 French Friends

24 Modern Times

25 Blank Generation

26 Setting Europe on Fire

27 The Neuilly–Marrakesh Express

Part Four: Tunisia, Made In France

28 The Mysteries of Tunis

29 Stealing Tunisia

30 Holidays in the Sun

31 MiraclesPart Five: Prisoners of War32 Muslims in Prison

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