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.
|Title of host publication||Revolutionaries and Reformers|
|Subtitle of host publication||Contemporary Islamist Movements in the Middle East|
|Place of Publication||Albany|
|Publisher||State University of New York Press|
|Number of pages||21|
|ISBN (Print)||079145617X, 9780791456170|
|State||Published - 2003|