Senate House

Malet Street
United Kingdom

Seminar series
School of Advanced Study event

Writing Young and Marginalised Muslim Men

This roundtable discussion marks the English-language publication of Fabien Truong's Radicalized Loyalties. Becoming Muslim in the West (trans. Seth Ackerman), a book heralded as a vital contribution to understanding ‘the social fabrication of terrorists that punctures the sonorous but empty notion of “radicalization.”’ (Loïc Wacquant, University of Berkeley).

This book takes us into the housing estates on the outskirts of Paris where we get to know Adama, Radouane, Hassan, Tarik, Marley and a shadowy figure whose name would suddenly and brutally become known to the world at the time of the Charlie Hebdo shootings in Paris in January 2015: Amédy Coulibaly. Seeing Amédy through the eyes of his close friends and these other young Muslim men in the neighbourhoods where they grew up, Fabien Truong uncovers a dense network of competing social loyalties and maps the road these youths take to resolve the conflicts they face: becoming Muslim.

Join the author and a panel of academics to explore the challenges in ‘hearing’ the vital lessons that we have to learn from these young men finding their truths within the competing pressures of family and national histories, masculinity and economic opportunities, loyalty to brotherhood and neighbourhoods versus the promotion of individualism with its bleak face of empty materialism.

The roundtable will be followed by a drinks reception.

This event is organized by ULIP and the Insitute of Modern Languages Research (IMLR) and kindly supported by the AHRC project, Literature under Constraint.