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Islam and Democracy: The Failure of Dialogue in Algeria
During the late twentieth century, many authoritarian states underwent a dramatic transition to democracy. This book examines the process of democratic reform in Muslim countries, the problems it throws up and the cultural ideas and practices that prevail. Concentrating in particular on Algeria, and using extensive on-the-ground research, Frédéric Volpi...
During the late twentieth century, many authoritarian states underwent a dramatic transition to democracy. This book examines the process of democratic reform in Muslim countries, the problems it throws up and the cultural ideas and practices that prevail. Concentrating in particular on Algeria, and using extensive on-the-ground research, Frédéric Volpi offers a unique insight into the political history of the Algerian conflict and raises serious questions about the relationship between Islam and democracy on an international level. Addressing the problem of the radicalization of political Islam in the region, he suggests possible solutions to the security and foreign policy dilemmas linked to international terrorism. A bitter battle has been fought between the secular state and the Islamic fundamentalists in Algeria since the 1980s. It's a paradigmatic "clash of civilizations" for some, while for others it is a distorted and local crisis in which "democratization" was introduced in a deeply authoritarian civil context. Looking in particular at the role of oil resources, which give Algeria great international geo-strategic and economic importance, Volpi explores Algeria's political transition -- a story that continues to have immense potential significance for other non-democratic Muslim countries.
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