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Book Launch | Jews, Muslims, and the French Republic

Date & Time

May. 15, 2023
12:00pm – 1:00pm ET


6th Floor, Woodrow Wilson Center
and Online


France was the first nation in Europe to proclaim the universal rights of man and to rein in the power of an established church, but nevertheless has had chronic problems with religious minorities. In his new book, Steven Kramer explores the complex, triangular relationship between the French Republic, Jews, and Muslims. It is the first book to compare the experience of French Jews and Muslims over the longue durée, tracing their experiences and interactions in both metropolitan France and the colonies under the evolving regime of laïcité. This historical and comparative approach does more than illuminate past and current tensions—it suggests how they may be resolved.

In this roundtable discussion with Steven Kramer, moderated by Robin Quinville, Director of the Global Europe Program, led us through the primary themes, history, and challenges he explores in his seminal work. 

His book is available for purchase now via Cambria Press.

Hosted By

Global Europe Program

The Global Europe Program is focused on Europe’s capabilities, and how it engages on critical global issues.  We investigate European approaches to critical global issues. We examine Europe’s relations with Russia and Eurasia, China and the Indo-Pacific, the Middle East and Africa. Our initiatives include “Ukraine in Europe” – an examination of what it will take to make Ukraine’s European future a reality.  But we also examine the role of NATO, the European Union and the OSCE, Europe’s energy security, transatlantic trade disputes, and challenges to democracy. The Global Europe Program’s staff, scholars-in-residence, and Global Fellows participate in seminars, policy study groups, and international conferences to provide analytical recommendations to policy makers and the media.  Read more

Middle East Program

The Wilson Center’s Middle East Program serves as a crucial resource for the policymaking community and beyond, providing analyses and research that helps inform US foreign policymaking, stimulates public debate, and expands knowledge about issues in the wider Middle East and North Africa (MENA) region.  Read more

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