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Essay Islam in Algeria

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An examination of the role of fundamentalism in the Algerian conflict, in context of personal, political, religious and ethnic identity.

“We are all looking for a way to define ourselves, a way to understand who it is that we are in the world. Often, we try to create identities for ourselves by looking at the ways in which we are different from other people.
“We are all looking for a way to define ourselves, a way to understand who it is that we are in the world. Often, we try to create identities for ourselves by looking at the ways in which we are different from other people. This by itself is not necessarily bad, for it is true that all people are in some ways unique and there is nothing inherently wrong in feeling that one if unique. However, the unfortunate side of such a tendency is that humans tend to define themselves not only as different from their neighbors but as better than them, which leads to much of the violence and grief that exists in the world.

This paper examines the phenomenon of Islamic fundamentalism in Algeria today, taking into account a paradigmatic statement by Axtmann about the nature of human identity. Axtmann writes that: “The…”

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