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Understanding Political Islam in Algeria. Experiences, Past and Present
Understanding Political Islam in Algeria. Experiences, Past and Present

Author(s): Lofti Sour
Subject(s): International relations/trade, Politics and religion, Radical sociology , Peace and Conflict Studies
Published by: Editura Universităţii din Bucureşti
Keywords: Islamism; Algeria; political Islam; Islamic parties; radicalization;

Summary/Abstract: This paper addresses the issue of the political Islam which has a long history in Algeria, since the link between Islam and politics is not a new phenomenon in contemporary Algeria. The various resistance movements against the French Colonization gained justification not only in the name of Algeria but also of Islam. Thus, Algeria's specific historical experience largely determined the timing and particular nature of its own Islamist movement. This article attempts to trace the modern origins of the Islamist movement from the role Islam played in resistance to French colonial rule, to contemporary Algeria which is a key test case for the role of Islam in politics and its influence on both internal and external policies. Aside from analyzing the politico-religious landscape in Algeria and the relationship between the state and religion, the paper also examines how Algerian Islamism has evolved into transnational terrorism under the light of the analytical background.

  • Issue Year: 16/2016
  • Issue No: 1
  • Page Range: 121-137
  • Page Count: 17
  • Language: English