7th February, 2014 / 11.00am - 4.00pm
16th December, 2020
In Sex, Law, and Sovereignty in French Algeria, 1830–1930, Judith Surkis traces how colonial authorities constructed Muslim legal difference and used it to deny Algerian Muslims full citizenship.
In disconnecting Muslim law from property rights, French officials increasingly attached it to the bodies, beliefs, and personhood.
This book also highlights the ways in which Algerians interacted with and responded to colonial law. Ultimately, this sweeping legal genealogy of French Algeria elucidates how “the Muslim question” in France became—and remains—a question of sex.
Judith Surkis is Associate Professor of History at Rutgers University (USA).