The Star, the Cross, and the Crescent

The Star, the Cross, and the Crescent : Religions and Conflicts in Francophone Literature from the Arab World

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The Star, the Cross, and the Crescent examines how Francophone writers from the Maghreb and the Near East represent the intertwining of religion and politics in various disputes, such as the Arab-Israeli conflict, the Lebanese and Algerian civil wars, the affair of the Muslim headscarf in France, and 9/11. It analyzes fiction, films, comic books, autobiographical narratives, and essays from the Arab world against the backdrop of the current international political context of Islamic fundamentalism and Western prejudices against more

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  • Paperback | 206 pages
  • 149.86 x 220.98 x 20.32mm | 317.51g
  • Lexington Books
  • Lanham, MD, United States
  • English
  • Reprint
  • 073912658X
  • 9780739126585

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Bourget ingeniously elaborates a spirited and unapologetic critique of the political economy of publishing and translation in the United States and of the failures of canonized Franco-Arab litterateurs and comprador intellectuals to attend to the multiple grievances of their societies of origin at a time when their voices were in high demand. The Star, the Cross, and the Crescent is without a doubt an important step in the laudable endeavor to examine the role of Islam in ongoing decolonial struggles and a major contribution to the study of Francophone Arab literature and culture. -- Nouri Gana, University of California, Los Angeles Carine Bourget boldly delivers a probing critique of firmly ensconced views of Islam, Muslim minorities in France, and Muslims in Arab Francophone societies. Bourget forcefully rearticulates thorny political and theoretical issues at the intersection of Islam, politics, history, and Francophone literature. Her analysis of Francophone cultural productions is an original and important contribution and is likely to spark a thoughtful and informed debate on issues at the core of the field of Francophone and cultural studies. -- Safoi Babana-Hampton, Michigan State University Bourget (Univ. of Arizona) looks at contentious cultural, historical, religious, and political issues that have marked the works of Francophone authors in Arab, Christian, and Jewish North Africa and in the Middle East. Though the title reveals that the book encompasses three major religions-Judaism, Christianity, and Islam-the last of these weaves into most discussions and serves as a backdrop for the entire book. The author investigates most of the current controversies surrounding Islam (e.g., terrorism, the headscarf) and discusses how Arab authors contend with Islam as a subject, given recent negative attention to Muslims in the Western world. Bourget also addresses the ways Western readers receive Francophone Arab authors and considers the political implications for Western publishers who invest in such titles. The particular strength of Bourget's book is its accessibility to nonspecialists, who may be provoked to read further on the subject. The book also serves as a mini survey for experts in the field, who will appreciate the discussion of unresolved questions that have defined the relationship between the European/North American alliance and the Muslim, particularly the Arab, world. Highly recommended. CHOICE This book represents a courageous, well articulated, and significant critique of important texts by both major and less well-known writers that scholars have generally shied away from criticizing. -- Anne Donadey, San Diego State University The Star, the Cross, and the Crescent is a remarkable contribution to the study of cultures and Francophone literature of the Maghreb and Mashreq. The book identifies several sociocultural and political controversies of the current Arab world [and]...encourages us to consider how the Arab writers of expression French, writing in France and elsewhere in the French-speaking diaspora, formulate their responses to Western discourse...about Arab peoples...His thesis requires us to decipher the religious, political, economic, and cultural factors in order to analyze how to Arab-speaking authors negotiate their marginal space between two worlds that are often in opposition. His book shows that it is imperative that these two worlds are reconciled to confront the growing tensions in our globalized age. Nouvelles Etudes Francophonesshow more

About Carine Bourget

Carine Bourget is associate professor of French and Francophone studies and Near Eastern Studies at the University of more

Table of contents

Chapter 1 Introduction: Religion, Politics, and Literature in the Francophone Arab World Chapter 2 The Arab-Israeli Conflict: Amin Maalouf's Les Croisades vues par les Arabes and Les Echelles du Levant, Myriam Antaki's Les Versets du pardon Chapter 3 The Arab-Israeli Conflict Beyond the Middle East: Albert Memmi, Edmond Amran El Maleh, Farid Boudjellal, and Karin Albou Chapter 4 The Lebanese Civil War: Andree Chedid's La maison sans racines and Evelyne Accad's L'Excisee Chapter 5 The Algerian Civil War: Rachid Boudjedra's Le FIS de la haine, Rachid Mimouni's De la barbarie en general et de l'integrisme en particulier, and Une enfance algerienne Chapter 6 Islam and the French Republic: The Affair of the Muslim Headscarf in works by Tahar Ben Jelloun, Abdelwahab Meddeb, Amin Maalouf, Albert Memmi, Leila Sebbar, and Yamina Benguigui Chapter 7 Portrait of a Terrorist: Slimane Benaissa and Salim Bachi's 9/11 Novels Chapter 8 The Politics of Translation: Francophone Literature from the Arab World in the more