French social scientist Francois Burgat and Time correspondent William Dowell collaborated in 1993 to produce an English translation of Burgat's L'Islamisme au Maghreb. That highly acclaimed work, published in Paris in 1988, was one of the first studies to probe the complexity and diversity of the Islamic movement through interviews with and speeches of the members and founders of the movement -- in Morocco, Algeria, Tunisia, Libya, and Egypt. Burgat and Dowell's edition offered results of new research not included in the 1988 French publication.
Now Burgat has added an epilogue, describing the turbulent Algerian situation through the summer of 1996. This new edition also includes a much needed index to help readers locate the many primary sources cited in the book.
The Institut de Recherches et d'Etudes sur le Monde Arabe et Musulman at the Universite d'Aix-Marseille and the French Ministry of Culture cooperated with the Center for Middle Eastern Studies at the University of Texas at Austin in the translation and production of this seminal resource on contemporary Maghrebi political culture.