Islamist Challenge in Algeria: A Political History

Islamist Challenge in Algeria: A Political History

by Michael Willis
     
 
In recent years, like many countries caught between the tides of fundamentalist religion and secular culture, Algeria has been rocked by social upheaval, protest, spasmodic violence, and terrorist activity. Middle East scholar Michael Willis here charts the meteoric rise of one of the largest and most powerful Islamist movements in the Muslim world. 448 pp.

Overview

In recent years, like many countries caught between the tides of fundamentalist religion and secular culture, Algeria has been rocked by social upheaval, protest, spasmodic violence, and terrorist activity. Middle East scholar Michael Willis here charts the meteoric rise of one of the largest and most powerful Islamist movements in the Muslim world. 448 pp.

Editorial Reviews

Booknews
In the last decade, Algeria has been transformed from a stable state to one torn apart by armed conflict. Willis (Middle Eastern studies, U. of Durham) draws on academic studies, media reports, and books to provide an account of the rise of Algeria's Islamists. Focusing on political dynamics, Willis charts the history of the Islamist movement during French colonial rule and the new Algerian state. He then discusses the Front Islamique du Salut in terms of its ideology, bases of support, influence, and relations with the Algerian regime. Annotation c. by Book News, Inc., Portland, Or.
New York Review of Books
What [Willis does], and what he does extremely well, is explain how it all came about...he carefully traces the rise of Algerian Islamism from its early days during the 132 years of French colonial rule, its short moment of glory when it seemed about to take power in the late 1980s, and its subsequent crash...well-written, skillfully presented, and illuminating.
From the Publisher

"A very readable and even-handed interpretation of a complex and controversial topic. The author integrates a wealth of diverse historical and contemporary data to provide as full an understanding as one can have about political Islam's severe challenge to state and society in Algeria . . . Highly recommended."

-John P. Entelis,author of State and Society in Algeria

"Integrates a wealth of diverse historical and contemporary data to provide as full an understanding as one can have about political Islam's severe challenge to state and society in Algeria."

-John P. Entelis,author of Sate and Society in Algeria

"An informed and balanced political chronology that is of great utility to any analyst seeking to formulate his or her own interpretation of the Algerian tragedy. Willis has gathered together a wide range of sources allowing him to construct a political chronology that traces how a nation, endowed with political, cultural, and economic assets and moving toward democracy at the end of the 1980s, devolved into chaos through much of the 1990s. The book's careful documentation, multiple perspectives, and thoughtful refelctions willl challenge simplistic explanations of Algeria's latest tragedy."

-Journal of World History

"What [Willis does], and what he does extremely well, is explain how it all came about...he carefully traces the rise of Algerian Islamism from its early days during the 132 years of French colonial rule, its short moment of glory when it seemed about to take power in the late 1980s, and its subsequent crash...well-written, skillfully presented, and illuminating."

-New York Review of Books

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780863722097
Publisher:
Garnet Publishing, Limited
Publication date:
10/28/1996
Pages:
440
Product dimensions:
6.10(w) x 9.25(h) x (d)

What People are saying about this

From the Publisher

"What [Willis does], and what he does extremely well, is explain how it all came about...he carefully traces the rise of Algerian Islamism from its early days during the 132 years of French colonial rule, its short moment of glory when it seemed about to take power in the late 1980s, and its subsequent crash...well-written, skillfully presented, and illuminating."

-New York Review of Books,

"Integrates a wealth of diverse historical and contemporary data to provide as full an understanding as one can have about political Islam's severe challenge to state and society in Algeria."

-John P. Entelis,author of Sate and Society in Algeria

"A very readable and even-handed interpretation of a complex and controversial topic. The author integrates a wealth of diverse historical and contemporary data to provide as full an understanding as one can have about political Islam's severe challenge to state and society in Algeria . . . Highly recommended."

-John P. Entelis,author of State and Society in Algeria

"An informed and balanced political chronology that is of great utility to any analyst seeking to formulate his or her own interpretation of the Algerian tragedy. Willis has gathered together a wide range of sources allowing him to construct a political chronology that traces how a nation, endowed with political, cultural, and economic assets and moving toward democracy at the end of the 1980s, devolved into chaos through much of the 1990s. The book's careful documentation, multiple perspectives, and thoughtful refelctions willl challenge simplistic explanations of Algeria's latest tragedy."

-Journal of World History

John P. Entelis
Integrates a wealth of diverse historical and contemporary data to provide as full an understanding as one can have about political Islam's severe challenge to state and society in Algeria.
— Author of State and Society in Algeria

Meet the Author

Michael Willis obtained his doctorate from the Centre for Middle Eastern and Islamic Studies at the University of Durham, where he is currently an Honorary Research Associate.

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