"Muslims and Citizens" by Ian Coller

Muslims and Citizens Islam, Politics, and the French Revolution Ian Coller

Publication date:
11 Feb 2020
Yale University Press
360 pages: 235 x 156mm
21 b-w illus.

A groundbreaking study of the role of Muslims in eighteenth-century France

From the beginning, French revolutionaries imagined their transformation as a universal one that must include Muslims. They believed in a world in which Muslims could and would be French citizens, but disagreed violently about how to implement their visions and accommodate religious and social difference. Here, Coller examines how Muslims came to participate in the political struggles of the revolution and how the fledgling coalition would rupture with France’s disastrous 1798 invasion of Egypt.

Ian Coller is associate professor of history at the University of California, Irvine. He is the author of Arab France: Islam and the Making of Modern Europe 1798-1831. Coller lives in Irvine, CA.