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Title:The Denunciation of Mysticism as a Bulwark against Reason: A Contribution to the Expansion of Algerian Reformism, 1925-1939
Author:Hanisch, Ludmilla
Periodical:Maghreb Review
Geographic term:Algeria
Subjects:Islamic movements
national liberation movements
Politics and Government
History and Exploration
Abstract:The inspiration behind this study is the overvaluation accorded to the political role of the Association of Reformist Ulama in colonial Algeria by those writing history in postcolonial Algeria, an overvaluation which goes along with the marked puritanism in the current official Algerian understanding of Islam. The author illuminates the origin and spread of Islamic reformism in Algeria against the background of socioeconomic development. She concludes that the unbroken prestige of the doctrine, and the rehabilitation of the political role after the achievement of independence, indicate that the social classes which rose to influence between the world wars have managed to maintain their power in postcolonial Algeria. The model for 'solving' social crises - i.e. relegating the problems to the sphere of religion - which was valid for the period before independence, is being applied in the face of world economic crises to a State at the periphery of capitalism. Notes, ref.