Algeria’s Belle Époque (3) Narratives of Religious and Social Change

Ed McAllister revient pour Textures du temps sur la nostalgie des années Boumediene. Cette nostalgie n’a pas le même contenu selon le lieu d’où l’on se remémore le passé…
يعود إد ماكاليستر في
حبكات الزمان إلى حنين الناس إلى عهد بومدين. هذا الحنين الذي لا يكون له نفس المضمون بحسب المكان الذي نتذكر من خلاله الماضي.س

Debates in Algeria about the place religion should occupy in society among many Algerian intellectuals, and many of those I have talked to that live in the wealthier neighbourhoods that occupy the high ground above central Algiers, frequently remind me of a the full frontal opposition between the secular and the religious that is found in debates in France (and increasingly, elsewhere in Europe). This binary is not new to Algeria, where it has evolved and takes different forms from those found in France and has, as a result, become an Algerian narrative. In its least nuanced form, the terms of this debate pit a top-down brand of secularism, imbued with modernist concepts of republicanism, rationality, and toleration of difference against the normative version of Islam that emerged in the mid-1980s and is equated by secularists with intolerance, anti-rationality, social repression and obscurantism. In Algeria, the binary nature of this debate has been intensified by a much oversimplified political split between éradicateurs and conciliateurs during the conflict of the 1990s and continues a series of binaries that exist in socially held depictions of the Algerian past (Algerian/French; Arab/Berber, internal maquis/frontier army, etc). Continuer la lecture de « Algeria’s Belle Époque (3) Narratives of Religious and Social Change »

Algeria’s Belle Époque (2) Groundhog Day

Ed McAllister poursuit son travail de recherche à Alger. Il revient pour Texture du temps sur la perception d’un temps arrêté chez les jeunes avec lesquels il travaille à l’association SOS Bab el-Oued. Et plus généralement sur la nostalgie des années 1970.

An image published in late December last year by satirical cartoonist Ali Dilem in the daily newspaper Liberté entitled “Algerians get ready to celebrate New Year” depicted a puzzled looking Algerian standing in front of a one-page-per-day calendar that reads “1962”. Alarmed, the man desperately tears away at the calendar and a pile of pages mounts up behind him, all bearing exactly the same date: 1962. Continuer la lecture de « Algeria’s Belle Époque (2) Groundhog Day »

Algeria’s Belle Époque (1) Postcards and Nostalgia: images of Algiers in the 1970s

Ed McAllister est doctorant. Il travaille sur la mémoire de la construction de la nation algérienne et passe actuellement une année de terrain à Alger, où il travaille plus précisément à Bab el-Oued. Il évoquera régulièrement sa recherche dans Textures du Temps, dans une série intitulée “Algeria’s Belle Époque”. يُتابع إد ماكاليستر بحثه في إطار رسالة دكتوراه حيث يُحاول تفحّص ذاكرة تشكّل الدولة و الوطن الجزائري في سناوات السبعينات. لذلك فهو يُمضي سنة كاملة في حقل بحثه في الجزائر العاصمة، في باب الواد تحديدا. جلال هذه الفترة، سيقدّم بعض الأوراق من بعثه لحبكة الزمن و ستكون هذه الأوراق تحت عونوان: “جزائر الزمن الجميل”. ه

“Wallah ça fait des larmes dans les yeux ki nchuf kifach wellat Alger, vraiment khsara!” Continuer la lecture de « Algeria’s Belle Époque (1) Postcards and Nostalgia: images of Algiers in the 1970s »