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The Burdens of Brotherhood

The Burdens of Brotherhood

Jews and Muslims from North Africa to France

Ethan B. Katz

ISBN 9780674984103

Publication date: 04/23/2018

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Winner of the J. Russell Major Prize, American Historical Association
Winner of the David H. Pinkney Prize, Society for French Historical Studies
Winner of the JDC–Herbert Katzki Award, National Jewish Book AwardsWinner of the American Library in Paris Book Award
A Choice Outstanding Academic Title of the Year

Headlines from France suggest that Muslims have renewed an age-old struggle against Jews and that the two groups are once more inevitably at odds. But the past tells a different story. The Burdens of Brotherhood is a sweeping history of Jews and Muslims in France from World War I to the present.

“Katz has uncovered fascinating stories of interactions between Muslims and Jews in France and French colonial North Africa over the past 100 years that defy our expectations…His insights are absolutely relevant for understanding such recent trends as rising anti-Semitism among French Muslims, rising Islamophobia among French Jews and, to a lesser degree, rising rates of aliyah from France.”
—Lisa M. Leff, Haaretz

“Katz has written a compelling, important, and timely history of Jewish/Muslim relations in France since 1914 that investigates the ways and venues in which Muslims and Jews interacted in metropolitan France…This insightful, well-researched, and elegantly written book is mandatory reading for scholars of the subject and for those approaching it for the first time.”
—J. Haus, Choice


  • 2016, Winner of the David H. Pinkney Prize
  • 2016, Winner of the J. Russell Major Prize
  • 2015, Winner of the National Jewish Book Awards
  • 2016, Winner of the American Library in Paris Book Award


  • Ethan B. Katz is Associate Professor of History and Jewish Studies at the University of California, Berkeley.

Book Details

  • 480 pages
  • Harvard University Press