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The Right to DifferenceFrench Universalism and the Jews$
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Maurice Samuels

Print publication date: 2016

Print ISBN-13: 9780226397054

Published to Chicago Scholarship Online: May 2017

DOI: 10.7208/chicago/9780226399324.001.0001

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Finkielkraut, Badiou, and the “New Antisemitism”

Finkielkraut, Badiou, and the “New Antisemitism”

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The Right to Difference

Maurice Samuels

University of Chicago Press

Chapter Seven explores the emergence of a hardline form of universalism, opposed to minority difference, in contemporary debates over Muslim integration, and especially in discourse concerning the rise of Muslim violence against Jews since 2000. Both sides in this debate—those who call attention to the crisis of the “new antisemitism” such as Alain Finkielkraut, and those who denounce the rhetoric of crisis as a diversion meant to distract from the Israel-Palestine conflict, such as Alain Badiou—attempt to position themselves as universalists by denouncing their opponents as “communitarian." This chapter asks what this return to a highly rigid form of universalism means for the possibility of minority integration and for inter-communal dialogue.

Keywords:   Alain Finkielkraut, Alain Badiou, Muslims, new antisemitism, Israel, Palestine

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