Posts by James D. Le Sueur

James D. Le Sueur is a professor of history at the University of Nebraska–Lincoln, and senior associate member of the Middle East Centre at St. Antony's College, Oxford. He has written extensively about intellectuals, Algeria, and France, and is currently completing a documentary called Exile and the Fatwa: Life and Death of Artists in a Time of Terror. He is also writing a new book on the history of decolonization since 1919. He can be followed on Twitter at @jameslesueur.


The Valentine’s Day Fatwa

Since 1989, February 14 has been a dark anniversary for Salman Rushdie and everyone else who values freedom of expression


Keeping the Republic Together

Modern France was created through the assimilation of agrarian serfs. In a post-colonial age, the task of integrating five million North African émigrés has proven to be a very different sort of project


Of Free Speech and Fatwas

Drawing lessons from the brave Arab thinkers who have been victimized by censorious jihadis for decades