Questioning French Secularism

Gender Politics and Islam in a Parisian Suburb

  • Authors
  • Jennifer A. Selby

Part of the Contemporary Anthropology of Religion book series (CAR)

Table of contents

  1. Front Matter
    Pages i-xiii
  2. Jennifer A. Selby
    Pages 1-27
  3. Jennifer A. Selby
    Pages 71-97
  4. Jennifer A. Selby
    Pages 99-133
  5. Jennifer A. Selby
    Pages 135-167
  6. Back Matter
    Pages 179-241

About this book


Based on extensive ethnographic fieldwork, this book examines how contemporary secularism in France is positioned as a guarantor of women’s rights. Selby argues that the complex “fetishization” of headscarves in public, governmental, and feminist French discourse positions publicly-visible Muslim women in ways that obscure their engagement with laïcité (French secularism).


Islam law religion suburban cultural studies secular

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