Algeria The Islamist Factor

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Algeria - The Islamist Factor

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The islamist factor

Islam in Algeria is part of the political tradition dating back before independence, when the revolutionary rhetoric of the FLN drew upon the unifying force of Islam to strengthen national cohesion and opposition to colonial rule. In the postindependence period, the government, recognizing the mobilizing potential of Islam as a political force, tried to bring activist Islamist groups under its control. Despite these efforts, an independent Islamist movement eventually emerged that would form the basis for the most significant opposition party to the government in the late 1980s and early 1990s.

Whereas more than fifty independent parties and more than one Islamist organization emerged in the months following the legalization of parties, the FIS emerged as the only national contender to the hegemony of the FLN. Although not the only Islamic party, the FIS could attract a large percentage of the electorate. The FIS presented the only viable and comprehensive alternative program to that of the existing regime and offered a social and religious focus as well.

You can read more regarding this subject on the following websites:

Algeria Islamists dream of Arab spring factor | IOL News
The Decline of Islamist Parties in Algeria - Carnegie
Political liberalisation and the islamist movement in algeria
In Algeria, an Islamist Threat Still Looms over Domestic
Political Parties Matter: Explaining Peaceful and Violent

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