This chapter is about a France that never quite existed. It addresses the making and unmaking of a space that had no name and appears nowhere in the official record. In this sense “Arab France” is neither hypothetical nor actual: it is an intentional act of seeing, a historical choice, a space of possibility. In the summer of 1881, an “Egyptian” named Jirjis Ai'da wrote to the Ministry of War complaining of an unpleasant incident that had occurred in the course of a stroll through Paris. It is in the interstices of this document—and those others that chase it in a trail leading through the police, the Interior Ministry, and the pensions bureau, through the Tuileries gardens and across the suburbs of Paris, in lines stretching to Marseille and across the Mediterranean—that the “Arab France” of this chapter situates itself.
California Scholarship Online requires a subscription or purchase to access the full text of books within the service. Public users can however freely search the site and view the abstracts and keywords for each book and chapter.
If you think you should have access to this title, please contact your librarian.
To troubleshoot, please check our FAQs, and if you can't find the answer there, please contact us.