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Europeanising Spaces in Paris c. 1947-1962$
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Hugh McDonnell

Print publication date: 2016

Print ISBN-13: 9781781383025

Published to Liverpool Scholarship Online: January 2017

DOI: 10.5949/liverpool/9781781383025.001.0001

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Europeanising Spaces in the Work of Jacques Berque

Europeanising Spaces in the Work of Jacques Berque

(p.183) Chapter 7 Europeanising Spaces in the Work of Jacques Berque
Europeanising Spaces in Paris c. 1947-1962

Hugh McDonnell

Liverpool University Press

Chapter 7 looks at the ideas of Europe of the Orientalist Jacques Berque in this period of French decolonisation. It emphasises two events in particular: Berque’s inaugural Collège de France lecture in 1956, and his dialogue in the course of an evening at the Sorbonne in 1960 with one of the most distinguished Orientalists of the previous generation, Louis Massignon. The Collège de France lecture set out his vision of Europe and the Arab world and was a point of reference for all Berque’s future stances. The chapter examines Berque’s understanding of Europe in relation to the Arab world in relation to his vision of a Mediterranean community and his engagement with concepts such as rationalism, modernity, alienation, faith, justice, violence and reconciliation.

Keywords:   Jacques Berque, Europe, Orientalism, The Mediterranean, Modernity, Faith

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