Arab France: Islam and the Making of Modern Europe, by Ian Coller

By Ian Coller

Many give some thought to Muslims in Europe as a 20th century phenomenon, yet this e-book brings to lifestyles a misplaced group of Arabs who lived via battle, revolution, and empire in early 19th century France. Ian Coller uncovers the wonderful tale of different hundred males, girls, and children—Egyptians, Syrians, Greeks, and others—who the French military again domestic after Napoleon’s career of Egypt. in response to learn in overlooked files, at the rediscovery of forgotten Franco-Arab authors, and on a various number of visible fabrics, the publication builds a wealthy photo of the 1st Arab France—its start, upward push, and unexpected decline within the age of colonial growth. As he excavates a group that used to be approximately erased from the historic list, Coller deals a brand new account of France itself during this pivotal interval, person who transcends the binary framework wherein we too usually view heritage by way of revealing the deep roots of trade among Europe and the Muslim international, and exhibiting how Arab France used to be actually indispensable to the sunrise of modernity.

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They met in the figure of the Coptic notable Ya’qub Hanna, when he broke with tradition to marry the daughter of Syrian Christians. Ya’qub was a highly respected Copt in Egyptian society: like his father, he was given the title Mu’allim (learned), an honorific that indicates the high importance given to intellectual prowess within Muslim society. Born in , Ya’qub occupied A Rough Crossing  a high position in the town of Assiout before the French conquest. Assiout was a town in Middle Egypt with substantial Muslim and Coptic populations.

The reality, of course, was much more complex. The unrest within the Ottoman Empire was viewed in a very particular way in a Europe increasingly dominated by the political perspectives emerging from the French Revolution. 34 Such an analysis of the Ottoman Empire in the late eighteenth century was largely inaccurate: as we have seen, many of the problems in Egypt were the result of the weakening of the central Ottoman power, and not of its despotic grip. But while the analogy between the Ottoman Porte and the French monarchy as forces suppressing the nation was often present in revolutionary rhetoric, we should not be too quick to assume that this view was universally held, or even predominant in French strategic planning.

For an inhabitant of Cairo or Damascus, the city of Marseille would not have seemed so radically different, and, indeed, interconnections between Mediterranean ports had existed for centuries. Paris, to be sure, as both a major metropolis and a cultural capital could perhaps be compared only to A Rough Crossing  Istanbul among the cities of the Ottoman world. But even in Paris, as we shall see later, a limited Arab milieu was already in existence, in addition to a network of French officials who had served in the occupation of Egypt.

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