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Margot Dazey (MWP, EUI) gives a talk on "Muslim leaders and Respectability politics in France"

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  • Wed 12 Dec 2018 12.45 - 14.00
  Add to Calendar 2018-12-12 12:45 2018-12-12 14:00 Europe/Paris Margot Dazey (MWP, EUI) gives a talk on "Muslim leaders and Respectability politics in France"

SPS Departmental Seminar Series

Abstract: From the 2004 law banning Islamic headscarves in public schools to recent counterterrorism policy, the French state is increasingly intervening in the lives of its Muslim citizens in an attempt to fashion loyal Republican subjects. While this process of domestication is well documented in the literature, little is known about the ways French Muslims respond to normative prescriptions of a Republican Islam. Building on a three-year ethnographic case-study of the Union des organisations islamiques de France (UOIF), arguably the most prominent Muslim organisation in France, I show that Muslim leaders choosing to conform with Republican prescriptions have to adapt their self-presentation and repertoire of action. However, by complying with these prescriptions, Muslim leaders tend to simultaneously counter some anti-Muslim biases (by asserting that Islamic and Republican values are compatible) while reproducing others (by drawing new lines of division between good and bad Muslims). To shed light on this ambivalent strategy, the paper revisits the concept of respectability politics which was originally crafted in African American studies.

Emeroteca, Badia Fiesolana DD/MM/YYYY
  Emeroteca, Badia Fiesolana

SPS Departmental Seminar Series

Abstract: From the 2004 law banning Islamic headscarves in public schools to recent counterterrorism policy, the French state is increasingly intervening in the lives of its Muslim citizens in an attempt to fashion loyal Republican subjects. While this process of domestication is well documented in the literature, little is known about the ways French Muslims respond to normative prescriptions of a Republican Islam. Building on a three-year ethnographic case-study of the Union des organisations islamiques de France (UOIF), arguably the most prominent Muslim organisation in France, I show that Muslim leaders choosing to conform with Republican prescriptions have to adapt their self-presentation and repertoire of action. However, by complying with these prescriptions, Muslim leaders tend to simultaneously counter some anti-Muslim biases (by asserting that Islamic and Republican values are compatible) while reproducing others (by drawing new lines of division between good and bad Muslims). To shed light on this ambivalent strategy, the paper revisits the concept of respectability politics which was originally crafted in African American studies.


Location:
Emeroteca, Badia Fiesolana

Affiliation:
Department of Political and Social Sciences

Type:
Seminar series

Discussant:
Max Weber Fellow Margot Dazey (European University Institute)

Organiser:
Professor Elias Dinas (EUI - Department of Political and Social Sciences)

Contact:
Jennifer Rose Dari (EUI - Department of Political and Social Sciences) - Send a mail
 
 

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