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Judith Surkis


A Muslim Future to Come?

[This article was first published on Public Books.]  Michel Houellebecq, Submission. Translated from the French by Lorin Stein. New York: Farrar, Straus, & Giroux, 2015. The devastating attacks of 13 November on Paris’s tenth and eleventh arrondissements viciously targeted the “progressive” heart of the city. When I am there, that is where I live. Like many other inhabitants and observers, I find it difficult to comprehend why the militants assaulted ...

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Judith Surkis


Judith Surkis is an associate professor of history at Rutgers University and specializes in modern European history, with an emphasis on France and the French Empire, gender and sexuality, and intellectual, cultural, and legal history. She is the author of Sexing the Citizen: Masculinity and Morality in France, 1870-1920 (Cornell, 2006), and is finishing a book, “Scandalous Subjects: Sex, Law, and Sovereignty in French Algeria, 1830–1930.”