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Society of Algeria


Algerian society is characterized by a Berber/Arab identity with fading French influences – the inheritance of over 130 years of far-reaching French colonization. The dominant secular legacy dating from the first decades of the Republic has since been challenged by the Islamists, who have won substantial support amongst layers of society. As elsewhere in the region the Algerian rulers are grappling with the tensions caused by the fact that the rate of population growth is incongruent with the country’s economic development. Poverty and discontent are the result.

Further Reading

Since the War of Independence Algerian society has had a sense of national belonging, but regionalism is still a vast factor in social and political life
The size and structure of Algerian families have undergone many changes over the past decades
The position of women in Algerian society has changed significantly over the years, due mainly to developments in the wider society
Because of the population boom in the previous decades, the youth of Algeria became Algeria’s minority. Surveys show that many young people want to move abroad
Algeria’s educational system bears traces of the colonial past, for it strongly resembles the French system. Academic education is entirely subsidized
Providing all Algerians with access to health care was one of the priorities of the post-colonial state. The system is relatively advanced
A decade later, in 2015, Algeria is witnessing a surge in nikah al-misyar, or traveller's marriage. Imported from Middle Eastern countries like Saudi Arabia and Egypt via the Gulf states, it is now finding its way into educated Al...
Three types of Salafism predominate in Algeria: political, jihadi, and purist. As political and jihadi Salafism decline, another Salafist movement has flourished in Algeria—purist Salafism, also called “scientific Salafism.”...

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