Muslims and Citizens: Islam, Politics, and the French Revolution

Muslims and Citizens: Islam, Politics, and the French Revolution

by Ian Coller


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A groundbreaking study of the role of Muslims in eighteenth‑century France
From the beginning, French revolutionaries imagined their transformation as a universal one that must include Muslims, Europe’s most immediate neighbors. They believed in a world in which Muslims could and would be French citizens, but they disagreed violently about how to implement their visions of universalism and accommodate religious and social difference. Muslims, too, saw an opportunity, particularly as European powers turned against the new French Republic, leaving the Muslim polities of the Middle East and North Africa as France’s only friends in the region. In Muslims and Citizens, Coller examines how Muslims came to participate in the political struggles of the revolution and how revolutionaries used Muslims in France and beyond as a test case for their ideals. In his final chapter, Coller reveals how the French Revolution’s fascination with the Muslim world paved the way to Napoleon’s disastrous invasion of Egypt in 1798.

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ISBN-13: 9780300243369
Publisher: Yale University Press
Publication date: 03/20/2020
Pages: 360
Product dimensions: 6.12(w) x 9.25(h) x 1.18(d)

About the Author

Ian Coller is professor of history at the University of California, Irvine. He is the author of Arab France: Islam and the Making of Modern Europe, 1798–1831.

Table of Contents

Preface vii

Introduction 1

Prologue 15

1 Paris Turned Turk 24

2 The Turban and the Axe 41

3 The Rights of Muslims 61

4 The Turbans of Liberty 82

5 The Constitutional Mosque 104

6 The Muslim Republic 125

7 Islam in the Temple of Reason 148

8 The Muslim Jacobins 169

9 Robespierre Mahomet 190

10 Bonaparte's Burka 210

Epilogue: 1799 230

Notes 241

Bibliography 297

Index 343

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