CJC Booktalk: Jews, Muslims, and the French Republic

The Center for Jewish Civilization invites you to register for the following special event, co-sponsored by the BMW Center for German and European Studies and the Alwaleed bin Talal Center for Muslim-Christian Understanding.


Thursday, September 21st 12:30pm-1:30pm EST

ICC 270, Georgetown University

In this book, Dr. Steven Kramer explores the complex, triangular relationship between the French Republic, Jews, and Muslims. It is the first book to compare the experience of French Jews and Muslims over the longue durée, tracing their experiences and interactions in both metropolitan France and the colonies under the evolving regime of laïcité. This historical and comparative approach does more than illuminate past and current tensions, it suggests how they may be resolved.

If you would like to join this book talk over Zoom, please email Laurie Batschi at lb1307@georgetown.edu for the Zoom link.


Steven Philip Kramer is a Global Fellow at the Woodrow Wilson Center for International Scholars. He was Professor of History at National Defense University for thirty years. Kramer received a PhD. from Princeton University and a BA from Brandeis University. His books include The Other Population Crisis: What Governments can do about Falling Birth Rates and Does France Still Count? He has published in such journals as Foreign Affairs, Politique Etrangère, and The National Interest. His latest book, Jews, Muslims, and the French Republic was published in early 2023. He is a member of the Council on Foreign Relations.


Prof. Katrin Sieg is the Director of the BMW Center for German and European Studies. She is a scholar of European culture and author of four books, most recently Decolonizing German and European History at the Museum (2021).