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Arab FranceIslam and the Making of Modern Europe, 1798-1831$
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Ian Coller

Print publication date: 2010

Print ISBN-13: 9780520260641

Published to California Scholarship Online: March 2012

DOI: 10.1525/california/9780520260641.001.0001

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The Cathedral and the Mosque

The Cathedral and the Mosque

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Arab France

Ian Coller

University of California Press

Joanny Pharaon played an intimate part in those encounters of the late 1820s that synthesized the heritage of Muslim Egypt and the experience of French Arabs. The friendship and intellectual exchange between Rifa'a al-Tahtawi and Joseph Agoub marked both men deeply. However, this exchange remained in the sphere of Arab language, poetry, and culture: it did not have an overtly political aspect. The strengthened “cultural Arabism” that emerged from their connection must be clearly distinguished from later formations that articulated more clearly their relationship with the structures of political power in Arab countries and globally. Joanny Pharaon was raised as a Parisian, and he belonged to the city in a new way. However, in the ferment of politics and imperial transformations after 1830, his unexpected path marked out very clearly the trajectory of the Arab France in this chapter, and sheds some light, too, on Joseph Agoub's tragic fall from grace.

Keywords:   Joanny Pharaon, Muslim, Egypt, Rifa'a al-Tahtawi, Joseph Agoub, Arab, language, Arabism, politics, France

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