Algeria Since 1989: Between Terror and Democracy (Global History of the Present)
By: James D. Le Sueur (author)Hardback
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Algeria's democratic experiment is seminal in post-Cold War history. The first Muslim nation to attempt the transition from an authoritarian system to democratic pluralism, this North African country became a test case for reform in Africa, the Arab world and beyond. Yet when the country looked certain to become the world's first elected Islamic republic, there was a military coup and the democratic process was brought sharply to a halt. Islamists declared jihad on the state and hundreds of thousands of civilians were killed in the ensuing decade of state repression. Le Sueur shows that Algeria is at the very heart of contemporary debates about Islam and secular democracy, arguing that the stability of Algeria is crucial for the security of the wider Middle East. Algeria Since 1989 is a lively and essential examination of how the fate of one country is entwined with much greater global issues.
James D. Le Sueur is Associate Professor of History at the University of Nebraska, Lincoln, and has been a Senior Associate Member of the Middle East Centre at St Antony's College, Oxford. He is an internationally recognized expert on Algeria and political Islam, French history and decolonization. He is currently producing a documentary film on the Algerian civil war. His books include Uncivil War: Intellectuals and Identity Politics during the Decolonization of Algeria (2005) and The Decolonization Reader (2003).
* Acknowledgments* Chronology* The principals* Abbreviations and acronyms* Map* Introduction: democratic reform, terrorism and reconciliation*1. Building a postcolonial state*2. The road to reform*3. The kingmakers: generals and presidents in a time of terror*4. The Bouteflika era: civil society, peace, and sidelining generals*5. Energy and the economy of terror*6. A genealogy of terror: local and global jihadis*7. The future of radical Islam: from the GSPC to AQMI*8. Killing the messengers: Algeria's Rushdie syndrome* Conclusion: a historian's reflections on amnesty in Algeria* Notes* Index
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