Algerians in an Age of Globalization

Allan Christelow

in Algerians without Borders

Published by University Press of Florida

Published in print February 2012 | ISBN: 9780813037554
Published online September 2012 | e-ISBN: 9780813043975 | DOI:
Algerians in an Age of Globalization

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This chapter deals with Algerian experience since the 1960s, focusing on the way they occupy a position which lends itself to their promoting interfaith dialogue or cultural fusion, but also to accusations that they support terrorism, especially after the start of the Algerian civil war in 1992. Algerians' involvement in external causes evolved starting in the 1980s as they volunteered to serve in Afghanistan, Bosnia, Chechnya, and Iraq. Western humanitarian groups such as the Catholic Community of Sant' Egidio worked to draw moderate Islamists into negotiation, and others defended asylum seekers, but Western intelligence services suspected Algerians abroad of extremism, sometimes without strong evidence, resulting in Guantάnamo detainees pursuing the case of Boumediene v. Bush. During this period Algerians turned up in new settings, such as Canada and Australia, and sometimes underwent ordeals to win acceptance, as in the case of Ahmad Zaoui in New Zealand.

Keywords: terrorism; Algerian civil war; Sant' Egidio; asylum seeker; Guantάnamo; Boumediene v. Bush; Ahmad Zaoui

Chapter.  14877 words. 

Subjects: Society and Culture

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