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Join Dr Jim Wolfreys (King's College London) for a talk on his new book, The Republic of Islamophobia: The Rise of Respectable Racism in France (Hurst, 2018)

Why does Islamophobia dominate public debate in France? Islamophobia in France is rising, with Muslims subjected to unprecedented scrutiny of what they wear, eat and say. Championed by Marine Le Pen and drawing on the French colonial legacy, France’s ‘new secularism’ gives racism a respectable veneer. Jim Wolfreys exposes the dynamic driving this intolerance: a society polarised by inequality, and the authoritarian neoliberalism of the French political mainstream.

He will be joined by Fatima Khemilat (Université Paris Est Créteil) as respondent.

Jim Wolfreys lectures in French and European politics at King’s College London. He is co-author (with Peter Fysh) of The Politics of Racism in France (2003) and is co-editor of Refuting Revisionism: History and Revolution (2007).

Fatima Khemilat lectures in politics at the Université Paris Est Créteil (UPEC). Her current research focuses on the representation of French Muslims and public authorities’ effort to regulate Islam.