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State formation in the Modern Middle East: Example from Colonial Algeria (2019_1_40_002)


This project analyzes the political ideologies and socio-historical roles of the Islamic reform movement in Algeria before the outbreak of the country’s war of independence (1954–1962). This Islamic reform movement developed in Algeria by differentiating itself from its contemporary Algerian nationalist movements, as well by investing in various forms of modern socio-cultural institutions so as to practice Islamic teachings as it understood them. Depending heavily on socio-cultural activities, the only possible domains of activity within the colonial state, the Algerian Islamic reform movement shaped a new religious sphere that aimed to be autonomous from the political or state sphere.


April 2019 - March 2020

Members of the Research Project
[ Organizer ] Watanabe Shoko
  • Book – in English –