Islamism and the state in North Africa

Bruce Maddy-Weitzman*, Meir Litvak

*Corresponding author for this work

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The confrontation in Algeria between the military regime and the Islamic opposition caused a near meltdown of the Algerian state during the last decade. Algeria was the metaphorical gharb (West), a place were "all terrors are possible."1 Many pundits were quick to predict an Iranian-style outcome, with corresponding effects on Algeria's neighbors. However, their rush to judgment betrayed a lack of understanding of both the Maghrib region and the highly varied realities within each Maghrib state. What is required is a proper understanding of the Islamic challenge in Algeria in relation to that which occurred in Morocco and Tunisia.

Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationRevolutionaries and Reformers
Subtitle of host publicationContemporary Islamist Movements in the Middle East
EditorsRubin Barry
Place of PublicationAlbany
PublisherState University of New York Press
Number of pages21
ISBN (Print)079145617X, 9780791456170
StatePublished - 2003


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