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

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

byCarine Bourget

Paperback | December 19, 2011

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The Star, the Cross, and the Crescent analyzes fiction, films, comics, autobiographical narratives, and essays by Francophone Arab writers whose Christian (Accad, Antaki, Chédid, Maalouf), Jewish (Albou, Cixous, El Maleh, Memmi), Muslim (Bachi, Benaïssa, Benguigui, Ben Jelloun, Boudjedra, Boudjellal, Meddeb, Mimouni), and secular (Sebbar) backgrounds are emblematic of the diversity of the Francophone Arab world. It examines how these writers represent the intertwining of religion and politics against the backdrop of the current international political context and the resurgence of religion. Focusing on a series of disputes commonly framed in religious terms (with Islam as the common denominator for all: the Arab-Israeli conflict, the Lebanese and the Algerian civil wars, the affair of the Muslim headscarf in France, and 9/11), this book questions the effectiveness of the Francophone studies model in providing insights into the complexity of the Islamic Revival. The study concludes by unpacking the influence of politics on the translation of these works in the U.S. It brings heightened awareness to the modalities according to which a creative work can serve as a cultural mediator.
Carine Bourget is associate professor of French and Francophone studies and Near Eastern Studies at the University of Arizona.
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Title:The Star, the Cross, and the Crescent: Religions and Conflicts in Francophone Literature from the…Format:PaperbackDimensions:206 pages, 9.04 × 6.07 × 0.57 inPublished:December 19, 2011Publisher:Lexington BooksLanguage:English

The following ISBNs are associated with this title:

ISBN - 10:073912658X

ISBN - 13:9780739126585

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Table of Contents

Chapter 1 Introduction: Religion, Politics, and Literature in the Francophone Arab WorldChapter 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 pardonChapter 3 The Arab-Israeli Conflict Beyond the Middle East: Albert Memmi, Edmond Amran El Maleh, Farid Boudjellal, and Karin AlbouChapter 4 The Lebanese Civil War: Andrée Chédid's La maison sans racines and Evelyne Accad's L'ExciséeChapter 5 The Algerian Civil War: Rachid Boudjedra's Le FIS de la haine, Rachid Mimouni's De la barbarie en général et de l'intégrisme en particulier, and Une enfance algérienneChapter 6 Islam and the French Republic: The Affair of the Muslim Headscarf in works by Tahar Ben Jelloun, Abdelwahab Meddeb, Amin Maalouf, Albert Memmi, Leïla Sebbar, and Yamina BenguiguiChapter 7 Portrait of a Terrorist: Slimane Benaïssa and Salim Bachi's 9/11 NovelsChapter 8 The Politics of Translation: Francophone Literature from the Arab World in the U.S.

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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.