Islamic Salvation Front (FIS)

Allen Fromherz

in Islamic Studies

ISBN: 9780195390155
Published online July 2012 | | DOI:
Islamic Salvation Front (FIS)


The Islamic Salvation Front, best known by its French name, Front islamique du salut (FIS), is a banned political and religious organization in Algeria. Founded after a brief opening for elections in the late 1980s, the organization was brutally suppressed by the Algerian army. Even more of a threat to the FIS, however, were rival Islamist organizations. Although still an important base of opposition in Algeria, the FIS has been sidelined by continued economic concerns and urban revolts against the ruling class in Algeria. There is in the early 21st century an orchestrated attempt by the government to suppress accounts and memories of the civil wars and conflicts of the 1990s, of which FIS was an important part.

Article.  2381 words. 

Subjects: Islam

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