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Since the Algerian military annulled an election in January 1992 that would have brought to power the world's first democratically elected Islamist government, a civil war has raged in which more than 100,000 Algerians have died. The military takeover polarized the country between the political and military elite and the mass of the population. The elite were perceived as interested only in personal gain and holding on to power, while most Algerians faced intense hardship. But the brutality of the Islamists' insurgency — including car bombings, the murder of 'immodestly' dressed women, the assassination of intellectuals, and the wiping out of whole villages — has lost them support. Most Algerians no longer want the Islamic republicanism of the FIS or the millenarianism of the GIA.

Martin Stone provides a brief overview of Algeria since 1830 before focusing on three crucial phases of the postcolonial era — those of Ben Bella, Boumedienne and the reformist Chadli Bendjedid; and the political and economic crisis under the Haut Comit d'tat (HCE). He examines the donimant state institutions — the army and the FLN — and the increasingly bitter divisions behind the current conflict, especially the factionalism that has hampered ALgeria's attempts to realize its great potential. The book also deals with the large Berber minority, relations with France, the economic background, forgien policy, the 1997 elections, and the administration of President Lamine Zeroual.

In conclusion it examines whether the state can reconcile the moderate, convservative Islam of the majority with the minorities on either pole — both Islamic radicals and secularists — and create a political landscapewhere genuine political pluralism can flourish and extremism be suppressed.

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Since the Algerian military annulled an election in January 1992 that would have brought to power the world's first democratically elected Islamist government, a civil war has raged in which more than 100,000 Algerians have died. The military takeover polarized the country between the political and military elite and the mass of the population. The elite were perceived as interested only in personal gain and holding on to power, while most Algerians faced intense hardship. But the brutality of the Islamists' insurgency — including car bombings, the murder of 'immodestly' dressed women, the assassination of intellectuals, and the wiping out of whole villages — has lost them support. Most Algerians no longer want the Islamic republicanism of the FIS or the millenarianism of the GIA.

Martin Stone provides a brief overview of Algeria since 1830 before focusing on three crucial phases of the postcolonial era — those of Ben Bella, Boumedienne and the reformist Chadli Bendjedid; and the political and economic crisis under the Haut Comit? d'?tat (HCE). He examines the donimant state institutions — the army and the FLN — and the increasingly bitter divisions behind the current conflict, especially the factionalism that has hampered ALgeria's attempts to realize its great potential. The book also deals with the large Berber minority, relations with France, the economic background, forgien policy, the 1997 elections, and the administration of President Lamine Zeroual.

In conclusion it examines whether the state can reconcile the moderate, convservative Islam of the majority with the minorities on either pole — both Islamic radicals and secularists — and create a political landscape where genuine political pluralism can flourish and extremism be suppressed.

Synopsis:

Stone provides a brief historical overview of Algeria since 1830 before focusing on three crucial phases of the postcolonial era: that of Ben Bella and Boumedienne; the reform era of Chadli Benjedid; and the political and economic crisis under the Higher States Committee (HCE). He examines the dominant state institutions — the army and the FLN — and outlines the increasingly bitter divisions, social and political, which account for the current crisis.

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Examining Algeria's history, from the founding of the Berber kingdoms, 130 years of French rule, and the devastating war for independence----gained in 1962----to the present, this book makes intelligible the current crisis tearing at the fabric of the country's society, while offering an analysis of the social, economic, and political challenges ahead.

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Includes bibliographical references (p. 259-262) and index.

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ISBN:
9780231109116
Author:
Stone, Martin
Publisher:
Columbia University Press
Location:
New York :
Subject:
Africa
Subject:
Middle East
Subject:
Democracy
Subject:
Middle East - General
Subject:
Islam and politics
Subject:
Islam and state
Subject:
Algeria
Subject:
Democracy -- Algeria.
Subject:
Africa - General
Subject:
Algeria Social conditions.
Subject:
Algeria Politics and government 1962-1990.
Subject:
World History-Middle East
Series Volume:
104-726
Publication Date:
19971031
Binding:
TRADE PAPER
Language:
English
Pages:
208
Dimensions:
8.60x5.48x.80 in. .86 lbs.

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"Synopsis" by , Since the Algerian military annulled an election in January 1992 that would have brought to power the world's first democratically elected Islamist government, a civil war has raged in which more than 100,000 Algerians have died. The military takeover polarized the country between the political and military elite and the mass of the population. The elite were perceived as interested only in personal gain and holding on to power, while most Algerians faced intense hardship. But the brutality of the Islamists' insurgency — including car bombings, the murder of 'immodestly' dressed women, the assassination of intellectuals, and the wiping out of whole villages — has lost them support. Most Algerians no longer want the Islamic republicanism of the FIS or the millenarianism of the GIA.

Martin Stone provides a brief overview of Algeria since 1830 before focusing on three crucial phases of the postcolonial era — those of Ben Bella, Boumedienne and the reformist Chadli Bendjedid; and the political and economic crisis under the Haut Comit? d'?tat (HCE). He examines the donimant state institutions — the army and the FLN — and the increasingly bitter divisions behind the current conflict, especially the factionalism that has hampered ALgeria's attempts to realize its great potential. The book also deals with the large Berber minority, relations with France, the economic background, forgien policy, the 1997 elections, and the administration of President Lamine Zeroual.

In conclusion it examines whether the state can reconcile the moderate, convservative Islam of the majority with the minorities on either pole — both Islamic radicals and secularists — and create a political landscape where genuine political pluralism can flourish and extremism be suppressed.

"Synopsis" by , Stone provides a brief historical overview of Algeria since 1830 before focusing on three crucial phases of the postcolonial era: that of Ben Bella and Boumedienne; the reform era of Chadli Benjedid; and the political and economic crisis under the Higher States Committee (HCE). He examines the dominant state institutions — the army and the FLN — and outlines the increasingly bitter divisions, social and political, which account for the current crisis.
"Synopsis" by , Examining Algeria's history, from the founding of the Berber kingdoms, 130 years of French rule, and the devastating war for independence----gained in 1962----to the present, this book makes intelligible the current crisis tearing at the fabric of the country's society, while offering an analysis of the social, economic, and political challenges ahead.
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