Arabs of the Jewish Faith: The Civilizing Mission in Colonial Algeria

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Rutgers University Press, Aug 19, 2010 - History - 256 pages
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Exploring how Algerian Jews responded to and appropriated France's newly conceived "civilizing mission" in the mid-nineteenth century, Arabs of the Jewish Faith shows that the ideology, while rooted in French Revolutionary ideals of regeneration, enlightenment, and emancipation, actually developed as a strategic response to the challenges of controlling the unruly and highly diverse populations of Algeria's coastal cities.

 

 

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Contents

Introduction
1
1 Jews Commerce and Community in Early Colonial Algeria
23
2 Revolution Republicanism and Religion
56
3 Synagogues Surveillance and Civilization
86
4 Teaching Civilization
114
5 From Napoleons Sanhedrin to the Crémieux Decree
143
Conclusion
177
Notes
183
Index
223
About the Author
234
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JOSHUA SCHREIER is an assistant professor of history at Vassar College.

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