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

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

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

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

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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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