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The "Failures" of Liberal Capitalism and the Racial Regime of Religion in Late Colonial Algeria

Thursday Lecture Series, Failure

March 24, 2023

For decades, historians have argued that late colonial development in Algeria was a failure in that it did not prevent the creation of an independent Algerian nation-state in 1962. Rather than propagating the myth of failure, Muriam Haleh Davis argues that debates on economic reform allowed the colonial state to propagate a distinction between homo Islamicus and homo economicus.