1st Edition

Routledge Handbook on the Modern Maghrib

Edited By George Joffé Copyright 2024
    660 Pages 9 B/W Illustrations
    by Routledge

    This comprehensive Routledge Handbook on the Modern Maghrib introduces and analyses the region in its full complexity, focussing on the countries of Morocco, Tunisia, Algeria and Libya, as well as the regions of the northern and western Sahara.

    In addition to country studies that provide historical and geopolitical background, a series of thematic explorations engage with a range of social, linguistic, cultural and economic aspects, providing a rich mosaic of current scholarship on the region. Addressing important debates such as the volatile international relations among constituent states, the role of women in society and the environmental impact of climate change, the book considers natural resources, music, media and language, and revisits the history of borders and social tribal structures. What emerges is not only a variegated picture of the Maghrib as a complex and rapidly changing region, but one marked by stark contrasts and divergences among its constituent states based on their Ottoman and colonial experiences, their relationships with their Saharan and Mediterranean neighbours and their own political trajectories.

    This Handbook fills an important gap in knowledge on a region increasingly significant in European and American affairs, and will appeal to anyone interested in the history, economies and societies of North Africa.


    George Joffé

    Part I: Country Studies

    1. The Maghrib Before Colonialism

    C.R. Pennell

    2. Libya since 1835 and the Second Ottoman Occupation

    Ronald Bruce St John

    3. Tunisia from 1830 and Ahmad Bey’s Modernisation

    Zoe Petkanas

    4. Algeria from the French Invasion in 1830

    Phillip C. Naylor

    5. Morocco under the Alawites from the 1600s

    David Stenner

    6. The Western Sahara

    Jeremy Keenan

    7. Regional Borders and the Modern State in North Africa

    George Joffé

    Part II: Thematic Studies

    8. The Geography of the Maghrib: Resources, Demographics and Climate Change

    George Joffé

    9. Economy and Society in the Maghrib after the Arab Spring

    Shana Cohen

    10. Women in the Maghrib: Legal, Political, and Social Context

    Habiba Chafai

    11. Amazighité vs. `Uruba – Ethnicity in the Maghrib

    Bruce Maddy-Weitzman

    12. Peoples of the Sahara

    Jeremy Keenan

    13. Language Policy and Polyglottism in the Maghrib

    George Joffé

    14. The Maghrib Musical Scene

    Christopher Witulski

    15. The Maghrebi Multilingual Novel

    Karima Laachir and Irene Fernández Ramos

    16. Soccer: Moulding the Middle East and North Africa

    James M. Dorsey

    17. Judaism in the Maghrib

    Norman A. Stillman

    18. Christianity in the Maghrib

    Patrick J S Brittenden

    19. The Role of Islam in the Maghrib: Salafism, Islamism, and Sufism

    Azzedine Layachi

    20. Political Islam and the Challenge of Participation in North Africa

    Alison Pargeter

    21. Terrorism, Chaos and Conflagration in the Sahara and Sahel (2003-2021)

    Jeremy Keenan

    22. The 2011 Uprisings in North Africa: Causes and Consequences

    Francesco Cavatorta

    23. Traditions of Governance in North Africa

    George Joffé

    24. The Tunisian Experience Post-2011: The Crisis of Democratization

    Larbi Sadiki and Layla Saleh

    25. Media in the Maghrib

    Roxane Farmanfarmaian

    26. Political Parties in Algeria, Morocco and Tunisia

    Valeria Resta and Francesco Cavatorta

    27. Between the Mediterranean and the Sahel: Inter- and Intra-Regional Affairs

    George Joffé

    28. Foreign Affairs of the Maghrib – Europe, the United States, Russia, the GCC and Turkey

    Yahia H. Zoubir and Emilie Tran

    29. The Maghrib Economies: A Perpetual Search for Relevance and Reform

    Jon Marks

    30. The Role of Oil and Gas in the Maghrib

    John Hamilton


    George Joffé was a Fellow at the Department of Politics and International Studies (POLIS) at the University of Cambridge and Visiting Professor at King’s College London. He was the founding editor of the Journal of North African Studies and founder of the Centre of North African Studies in the UK. He served on the Board of the Cambridge Review of International Affairs, and of The Middle East in London magazine at SOAS University of London. He published prolifically and widely on the geopolitics of North Africa and the Middle East, climate change, energy security, extremism and regional economics.