Ciment (history, CCNY) provides a highly readable account of factors that have led to Algeria's present civil war. He details the emergence of political Islam and explains the various groups vying for power in the country and the causes of the regime's eroding legitimacy. In the recent past, Algeria was a significant developing country whose revolutionary credentials and epic war of independence from France catapulted it into the forefront of Third World politics. The country has now fallen on hard times. Political decay, corruption, statist economic mismanagement, and one-party dictatorship have contributed to the emergence of a powerful Islamic opposition movement battling the regime for the hearts and minds of the population. This lucidly written and cogently argued book is highly recommended for informed readers and specialists.-Nader Entessar, Spring Hill Coll., Mobile, Ala.
Untangles the roots of political conflict among fundamentalist
Islamic groups in the colonial era and after in the context of local,
regional, and international politics. Chapters provide an overview of
the conflict, its history, and the participants, and discuss issues
and negotiations. Includes b&w maps and a glossary of names and
terms. Written as an introduction for general readers and students.
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