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Algerians without BordersThe Making of a Global Frontier Society$
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Allan Christelow

Print publication date: 2012

Print ISBN-13: 9780813037554

Published to Florida Scholarship Online: September 2012

DOI: 10.5744/florida/9780813037554.001.0001

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A People on a Frontier of Civilizations

(p.1) Introduction
Algerians without Borders

Allan Christelow

University Press of Florida

The introduction presents conceptual and theoretical frameworks for understanding the Algerian experience in a long term historical context. The concept of frontier is applied to the multicultural setting of the Western Mediterranean. The dynamics of relations between cultural and religious groups on this frontier are related to Homi Babha's idea of cultural hybridity. Historical cycles are explored in the works of Ibn Khaldun and Arnold Toynbee, and relations between government authorities and Islamic institutions are viewed through a discussion of Jürgen Habermas's concept of the public sphere. The Western Mediterranean is seen a frontier that lends itself in some periods to conflict and tension, conveyed by such concepts as “colonial mentality” and “dhimmitude,” but in others to creative interchange.

Keywords:   multicultural, Western Mediterranean, cultural hybridity, Ibn Khaldun, public sphere, colonial mentality, dhimmitude

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