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About James McDougall

James McDougall is lecturer in the history of Africa at the School of Oriental and African Studies (Soas) in London. He was formerly assistant professor of history at Princeton University. He is editor of Nation, Society and Culture in North Africa (Routledge, 2003) and author of History and the Culture of Nationalism in Algeria (Cambridge University Press, 2006).

Articles by James McDougall

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Constitutional conventions: best practice

Sarkozy and Africa: big white chief's bad memory

The French president's attitude to his country's colonial past and the former subjects of empire is rooted in an intellectual vision that has profound political implications, says James McDougall.

Islam(s) and politics: post-traumatic states in Algeria

“Mosques have never been so full, nor hearts so empty”. In the painful aftermath of civil war, amid domestic economic and social pressures, Algerians are struggling towards new forms of accommodation between religion and politics, reports James McDougall.
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