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Rhinestones, Religion, and the RepublicFashioning Jewishness in France$
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Kimberly A. Arkin

Print publication date: 2013

Print ISBN-13: 9780804786003

Published to Stanford Scholarship Online: September 2014

DOI: 10.11126/stanford/9780804786003.001.0001

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Arab, Jew, Arab Jew

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Rhinestones, Religion, and the Republic

Kimberly A. Arkin

Stanford University Press

In response to post-colonial social and political changes in Metropolitan France, French Jews created new, publicly visible forms of Jewishness. But this shift was haunted by the specter of Jewish foreignness, a phantom that divided Jews internally—between Ashkenazim and Sephardim—and threatened to exclude Jews collectively from the nation. By the early 2000s, many French Jews—both Ashkenazi and Sephardi—had responded to this double menace by adopting a logic of Jewish autochthony to France, a move that de-emphasized cultural commonalities between “Jews” and “the French” while insisting on the relative “Frenchness” of Jews in comparison to other minorities, particularly Arab Muslims.

Keywords:   decolonization, pluralism, Ashkenazi Jews, Sephardi Jews, ethnic tension

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