Fabien Truong - "Radicalized Loyalties" - Henry Shah

Monday, February 11, 2019 - 6:00pm - 7:00pm
Event Presenter/Author: 
Fabien Truong

A discussion with Fabien Truong, author of Radicalized Loyalties: Becoming Muslim in the West. A Q&A and signing will follow the event.

Presented in partnership with the Cultural Service at the Consulate General of France in Chicago

At the Co-op

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About the Book: There is widespread concern today about the “radicalization” of young muslim men, and the deprived areas of Western cities are believed to have become breeding grounds of home-grown extremism. But how do young Muslims growing up in the cities of the West really live?

This book takes us beyond the rhetoric and into the housing estates on the outskirts of Paris to meet Adama, Radouane, Hassan, Tarik, Marley, and a shadowy figure whose name suddenly and brutally became known to the world at the time of the Charlie Hebdo shootings: Amédy Coulibaly. Seeing Amédy through the eyes of close friends and other young Muslim men in the neighbourhoods where they grew up, Fabien Truong uncovers a network of competing loyalties and maps the road these youths take to resolve the conflicts they face: becoming Muslim. For these young men, Islam stands, often alone, as a resource, a gateway – as if it were the last route to “escape” without betrayal and to “fight” in a meaningful and noble way.

Becoming Muslim does not necessarily lead to the radicalized “other”. It is more like a long-distance race, a powerful reconversion of the self that allows for introspection and change. But it can also lead to a belligerent presentation of the self that transforms a dead-end into a call to arms.

About the Author: Fabien Truong is a sociologist. His work at the Centre de Recherches Sociologiques et Politiques de Paris focuses on urban marginality, social mobility, and the democratization of academia. He is a lecturer in the Department of Sociology and Anthropology at the University of Paris. Radicalized Loyalties is his first book to be translated into English. Previous work in English includes chapters in Class, Ethnicity and State in the Polarized Metropolis and the Handbook in French Politics and Culture.

About the Interlocutor: Henry Shah is currently based in Chicago, where he works in education and youth policy at the Sargent Shriver National Center for Poverty Law. Henry arrived directly from Saint-Denis, in the northern suburbs of Paris, where he conducted 18 months of ethnographic research with undocumented Roma men living in slums. He also led trainings, policy evaluations, and best practice workshops for government and non-governmental organization actors. Previously, Henry organized French and English language learning programs in Haitian communities in Boston, studied the criminalization of poverty in Mumbai, and managed advocacy campaigns in Philadelphia. Henry holds a Master of Arts in Sociology from the Ecole Normale Supérieure and the Ecole des Hautes Etudes en Sciences Sociales, as well as a Bachelor of Arts in History & Literature from Harvard College. Right now, he's working on a book-length academic manuscript about his work in France, and will be returning in June for a series of talks from that work. 


Event Location: 
The Seminary Co-op Bookstore
5751 S. Woodlawn Avenue
Chicago, IL 60637