The essays in this volume explore the complexities of the relationship between states, social groups and individuals in contemporary North Africa, as expressed through the politics, culture and history of nationhood.
From Morocco to Libya, from bankers to refugees, from colonialism to globalisation, a range of individual studies examines how North Africans have imagined and made their world in the twentieth century.
Introduction: History, Culture, Politics of the Nation 1. Algeria/Morocco: The Passions of the Past, Representations of the Nation that Unite and Divide 2. Ideologies of the Nation in Tunisian Cinema 3. Bendana: Stories on the Road from Fez to Marrakesh - Oral History on the Margins of National Identity 4. Echoes of National Liberation: Turkey Viewed from the Maghrib in the 1920s 5. Libya's Refugees, their Places of Exile and the Shaping of their National Idea 6. Martyrs and Patriots: Ethnic, National and Transnational Dimensions of Kabyle Politics 7. Moroccan Women's Narratives of Liberation: A Passive Revolution? 8. Citizens and Subjects in the Bank: Corporate Visions of Modern Art and Moroccan Identity 9. The Nations "Unknowing Other": Three Intellectuals and the Culture(s) of being Algerian, or the Impossibility of Subaltern Studies in Algeria
Contemporary events in the Islamic world dominate the headlines and emphasise the crises of the Middle East and North Africa, yet the Islamic World is far larger and more varied than we realise. Current affairs there too mask the underlying trends and values that have, over time, created a fascinating and complex world. This new series is intended to reveal that other Islamic reality by looking at its history and society over the ages, as well as at the contemporary scene. It will also reach far further afield, bringing in Central Asia and the Far East as part of a cultural space sharing common values and beliefs but manifesting a vast diversity of experience and social order.