Ali Bel Hadj

(b. 1956)

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(b. 1956)

Leader in the Islamic Salvation Front (FIS) of Algeria. Best known for his fiery speeches at the al-Quba and al-Sunnah mosques in Algiers. Contributed theological articles to the movement's magazine, Al-munqidh, reflecting his Salafi orientation. His thorough religious knowledge, modest lifestyle, and remarkable oratorical skills enabled him to build a large constituency of followers. Viewed as representing the radical wing of the FIS, and some of his views, especially on democracy, dialogue with the regime, and armed struggle, have raised controversy. Still commands tremendous influence, particularly over the militant elements of the FIS, despite being imprisoned since 1990.

See also Islamic Salvation Front

Subjects: Islam.

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