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The Racialization of Muslims in France and the United States: Some Insights from White Converts to Islam

Abstract : This article uses conversion to Islam as a lens through which to explore the intricacies of race and religion in France and the United States. Using in-depth interviewing and ethnography, the author explores how white converts relate to their allegedly dissonant racial and religious identities in national contexts where Islam has been racialized as ‘Brown’ and foreign. Focusing on two countries that have historically had highly contrasted understandings of race and religion, she offers a comparative analysis of how race operates in the lives of Muslim converts on both sides of the Atlantic. The article shows that, even though processes of racial assignation work in a similar manner in both cases, French and American converts report different experiences with race, thereby suggesting that the racialization of Islam is endowed with different textures and meanings across national contexts.
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Juliette Galonnier. The Racialization of Muslims in France and the United States: Some Insights from White Converts to Islam. Social compass, 2015, 62 (4), pp.570 - 583. ⟨hal-01422846⟩

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