After Charlie Hebdo: French Laïcité and Islam: Can the Republican Model Hold?

General Programming

November 4, 2015 Wednesday, 6:00pm–8:00pm EST William and June Warren Hall (Law School), L107, Columbia University
  • European Institute
  • Maison Française
  • Institute for Religion, Culture & Public Life
  • Institute for African Studies
  • Middle East Institute
  • Alliance Program

Panelists Abdennour Bidar, Patrick Simon, and Ethan Katz, moderated by Souleymane Bachir Diagne, discuss the social integration of Muslims in contemporary France and the consequences of the current debates on secularism (laïcité) and the “Republican model” for islamophobia.

Abdennour Bidar is a philosopher and author. A specialist of Islam, he came to public attention in France in the aftermath of the Charlie Hebdo shooting, when he wrote an "Open Letter to the Muslim World.” He directs the "Cultures of Islam" program on France Culture. (See his recent article in Le Monde entitled "L'absence de spirituel est le probleme, pas l'islam.")

Patrick Simon is a Directeur de recherche at the Institut national d’études démographiques in Paris, and a researcher at the Centre d’études européennes at Sciences Po Paris. He is a Visiting Professor at CUNY Graduate Center for the 2015-2016 academic year. His research interests include immigration, discrimination, ethnic and racial studies, ethno-racial classification in statistics, and the social and ethnic division of space. His newest edited books are Fear, Anxiety, and National Identity: Immigration and Belonging in North America and Western Europe (edited with Nancy Foner, 2015) and Social Statistics and Ethnic diversity: Cross-National perspectives on classifications and identity politics (edited with Victor Piché and Amélie Gagnon, 2015).

Ethan Katz is an Assistant Professor of History at the University of Cincinnati, and the author of The Burdens of Brotherhood: Jews and Muslims from North Africa to France (Harvard UP, 2015), a history of Jewish-Muslim relations in France since World War I.

This event is co-sponsored by the European Institute, Columbia Maison Française, Heyman Center for the Humanities, Institute for Religion, Culture & Public Life, Institute for African Studies, Middle East Institute, and the Alliance Program. For more details, visit the Maison Francaise website here.