Honors Theses

Date of Award

Spring 5-9-2020

Document Type

Undergraduate Thesis


Croft Institute for International Studies

First Advisor

Vivian Ibrahim

Second Advisor

William Schenck

Third Advisor

Anne Quinney

Relational Format



Caricatures are entrenched in French socio-political identity. That identity has shifted due to internal and external forces, but the most important event for the socio-political identity of France in the 21st century is the attacks at Charlie Hebdo in January 2015. The event and the responses to it reignited the ideas of incompatibility of France and Islam, furthering the schism between French society and the integration of Islam. The nature of the memory of Charlie Hebdoand its effect on the perception of Islam before January 2015 and after necessitates the question, “How does Charlie Hebdo reveal contradictory ideas of Frenchness and Islam?”

This thesis presents an introductory history to the Charlie Hebdo attack, the importance of Charlie Hebdo’s caricatures and how they reflect representations of Islam since 1998, and literature relevant to caricatures and the theories of Islam en France and Islam de France. The latter chapters are composed of data collected while abroad with the permission of the University of Mississippi Institutional Review Board. This data includes interviews and online survey data conducted in Angers, Maine-et-Loire, France.

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