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Title:Islam and political liberalization in the petit Maghreb
Author:Uthup, ThomasISNI
Periodical:Maghreb Review
Geographic term:Maghreb
Subjects:Islamic movements
Abstract:This paper examines the links between Islamicist movements and political liberalization in the 'petit' Maghreb States of Algeria, Tunisia and Morocco. It argues that Islamicist movements were a vital factor in the political liberalization of the late 1980s and early 1990s in Algeria and Tunisia. The paper first makes a distinction between political liberalization and democratization, and briefly examines the links between religion and politics worldwide and between politics and Islam in particular. Then it describes the process of political and economic liberalization in each of the three countries and the role of Islamicist movements in these developments. It ends with an assessment of the durability of the Islamic movements in the Maghreb and the implications for the future of political liberalization. Ref., sum.