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Apostles of Modernity: Saint-Simonians and the Civilizing Mission in Algeria

Osama Abi-Mershed


Between 1830 and 1870, French army officers serving in the colonial Offices of Arab Affairs profoundly altered the course of political decision-making in Algeria. Guided by the modernizing ideologies of the Saint-Simonian school in their development and implementation of colonial policy, the officers articulated a new doctrine and framework for governing the Muslim and European populations of Algeria. This book shows the evolution of this civilizing mission in Algeria, illustrates how these forty years were decisive in shaping the principal ideological tenets in French colonization of the regi ... More

Keywords: Algeria, mission, Arab Affairs, Saint-Simonian school, French colonization, Middle Easterners, North Africans, cultural identities, French colonial history, European cultural norms

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2010 Print ISBN-13: 9780804769099
Published to Stanford Scholarship Online: June 2013 DOI:10.11126/stanford/9780804769099.001.0001


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Osama Abi-Mershed, author