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On ne naît pas femme, on le devient.

— de Beauvoir

French 162A: Perspectives on History — Immigration and the Question of Islam in France



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Course Description:

This course is designed as an introduction to the history of North African immigration in France in the twentieth- and twenty-first centuries. We will first focus on the main historical events that rendered the massive North African immigration possible and sometimes unavoidable. We will also pay close attention to the various political and ideological discourses that consider immigration through the particular viewpoint of Islam and the threat it poses to national identity.  We will discuss sociological, political and literary texts, such as Mémoires d’immigrés, by Yamina Benguigui, Soumission, by Michel Houellebeq and La Double absence by Abdelmalek Saayed.

Prerequisites: French 102 or equivalent.

Additional information: This course satisfies one “Culture” or one “Elective” requirement in the French major. This course also satisfies College of Letters and Science breadth in Historical Studies or in Social and Behavioral Sciences.

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