History and the culture of nationalism in Algeria /
James McDougall.
Cambridge ; New York : Cambridge University Press, 2006.
xiii, 266 p. : ill., maps.
0521843731 (hardback), 9780521843737 (hardback)
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Cambridge ; New York : Cambridge University Press, 2006.
0521843731 (hardback)
9780521843737 (hardback)
contents note
List of illustrations -- Preface -- List of abbreviations and acronyms -- The language of history -- Prologue & colon: Tunis -- The margins of a world in fragments -- The conquest conquered? -- The doctors of new religion -- Saint cults and ancestors -- Arabs and Berbers? -- Epilogue & colon: Algiers -- The invention of authenticity -- Bibliography -- Index.
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Includes bibliographical references and index.
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Appeared in Choice on 2007-04-01:
McDougall (Princeton Univ.) has produced an exceptionally thoughtful and insightful work analyzing the "cultural authority and historical imagination" of Algerian nationalism, especially Arabophone discourse. Although other historians have referred to Arabophone literature, McDougall is the first Anglophone historian to delve in depth into this rich corpus. His pivotal figure is Ahmad Tawfiq al-Madani, an Algerian born in Tunisia who later joined the Association of Algerian Muslim Ulama and the National Liberation Front. Through al-Madani's life and writings, important cultural nationalists, namely Shaykh Abd al-Hamid Ben Badis and Mubarak al-Mili, are introduced. These Salafi leaders perceived themselves as instruments to revive and renovate an authentic Algerian identity. Richly researching international archives, McDougall argues that the canonic tropes of Algerian nationalism (featuring Messali Hadj, Ferhat Abbas, and Shaykh Ben Badis) need to be reexamined to appreciate the complexity and consequences of competing representations of Algerian history and nafs ("genius," "self"). Advanced students and specialists will most benefit from the book, given its sophisticated narrative influenced by postmodern literary critical theory. This erudite work, which includes a map and 18 illustrations, deserves immediate inclusion in university collections. ^BSumming Up: Highly recommended. Upper-division undergraduates and above. P. C. Naylor Marquette University
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"This book is a must read for scholars of Islam as well as of the Maghrib and ought to be reprinted in paperback to become more widely available to students, journalists, and others interested in the contemporary Muslim world." Clement M. Henry, Professor of Government, The University of Texas at Austin, Middle East Journal
"A very complex, highly original book that is essential reading for anyone wishing to understand both the origins of Algerian nationalism and the ends to which its contradictions have led." Leland Conley Barrows
"McDougall's book is an outstanding achievement and contribution to modern Algerian history.... This book is deeply researched with very impressive readings and renderings of Arabic literature testifying to McDougall's skills as a gifted historial and linguist. A map and eighteen illustrations enhance the work. Advanced students and specialists, especially those familiar with postmodern critical theory, will benefit most from it. Nevertheless, McDougall's work will undoubtedly serve as an essential reference for any study of the historical development of Algerian nationalism." - International Journal of Middle East Studies
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Main Description
Colonialism denied Algeria its own history; nationalism reinvented it. James McDougall charts the creation of that history through colonialism to independence, exploring the struggle to define Algeria's past and determine the meaning of its nationhood. Through local histories, he analyses the relationship between history, Islamic culture and nationalism in Algeria. He confronts prevailing notions that nationalism emancipated Algerian history, and that Algeria's past has somehow determined its present, violence breeding violence, tragedy repeating itself. Instead, he argues, nationalism was a new kind of domination, in which multiple memories and possible futures were effaced. But the histories hidden by nationalism remain below the surface, and can be recovered to create alternative visions for the future. This is an exceptional and engaging book, rich in analysis and documentation. It will be read by colonial historians and social theorists as well as by scholars of the Middle East and North Africa.
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Colonialism denied Algeria its own history; nationalism reinvented it. James McDougall charts the creation of that history through colonialism to independence, exploring the relationship between history, Islamic culture and nationalism in Algeria. This book will be read by colonial historians, social theorists, scholars of the Middle East and North Africa.
Bowker Data Service Summary
This exploration of the historiography of Algeria sheds light on the relationship between the people of Algeria, its history and its religion. The author challenges the prevailing notions of Algeria and its colonial past in a volume to be read by colonial historians, social theorists and scholars of North Africa.
Table of Contents
List of illustrationsp. viii
Prefacep. ix
List of abbreviations and acronymsp. xii
Mapp. xiv
The language of historyp. 1
Prologue: Tunis, 1899p. 20
The margins of a world in fragments. Maghribi voices in exile: Algeria, Tunisia, Europe and the Eastp. 28
The conquest conquered? Natural and unnatural histories of Algeriap. 60
The doctors of new religionp. 97
Saint cults and ancestorsp. 144
Arabs and Berbers?p. 184
Epilogue: Algiers, 2001p. 217
The invention of authenticityp. 225
Archival sourcesp. 239
Bibliographyp. 242
Indexp. 261
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