The Islamist Challenge in Algeria: A Political History

The Islamist Challenge in Algeria: A Political History

by Michael Willis, Eli Lobel
     
 

In recent years, Algeria has been rocked by social upheaval, protest, and spasmodic violence. Like many countries caught between the tides of fundamentalist religion and secular culture, the very fiber of the nation seems to be fraying.

Michael Willis here charts the meteoric rise of one of the largest and most powerful Islamist movements in the Muslim world.

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Overview

In recent years, Algeria has been rocked by social upheaval, protest, and spasmodic violence. Like many countries caught between the tides of fundamentalist religion and secular culture, the very fiber of the nation seems to be fraying.

Michael Willis here charts the meteoric rise of one of the largest and most powerful Islamist movements in the Muslim world. Tracing its origins to the French colonial domination in the nineteenth and early twentieth centuries, Islamism has always played a defining role in both the national struggle against the French and in the newly independent Algerian state.

The primary focus of Willis's book is on Algeria since 1988, when unprecedented social unrest led to political changes that allowed Algeria's Islamists to form political parties and compete in multi- party elections. The largest Islamist party, the Front Islamique du Salut (FIS), after rousing victories in local and national elections in 1990 and 1991, was subsequently crushed by the military regime.

Since then, despite the Rome Accord of January 1995, over 50,000 lives have been lost in an increasingly bloody conflict that threatens to spiral out of control. Banned by the army, the FIS splintered, with various factions arming themselves, leading to the current, ominous state of disarray.

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Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780814793299
Publisher:
New York University Press
Publication date:
03/01/1999
Edition description:
New Edition
Pages:
424
Product dimensions:
6.10(w) x 9.20(h) x 1.60(d)

Table of Contents

Acknowledgements
Abbreviations
Glossary
Introduction
1Origins: Resistance, Reformism and Nationalism, 1830-19621
2Islam in the New State, 1962-197835
3The Rise of Islamism, 1979-198869
4The Emergence of the FIS, 1988-1990107
5Islamism and the FIS Centre Stage, 1990-1991157
6The Brink of Power: The FIS and the Legislative Elections, 1991-1992213
7The Descent into Conflict, 1992-1993259
8The Search for a Solution, 1993-1996307
Conclusion385
AppElection Results393
Bibliography397
Index407

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