Paper $36.95 ISBN: 9781842777251 Published January 2010 For sale in North and South America only
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Algeria Since 1989

Between Terror and Democracy

James D. Le Sueur

Algeria Since 1989

James D. Le Sueur

Distributed for Zed Books

224 pages | 5.4375 x 8.5
Paper $36.95 ISBN: 9781842777251 Published January 2010 For sale in North and South America only
Cloth $134.95 ISBN: 9781842777244 Published January 2010 For sale in North and South America only
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.
Contents
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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