Sauvons notre école! D’accord, mais de quoi au juste?

Vous me connaissez, je ne plaisante pas avec les faits, et je vais donc commencer par deux faits incontestables:

  • Twitter tue mon blog à petit feu. Je passe beaucoup de temps chez l’oiseau bleu, je réagis en un tweet, je lis d’autres réactions et je passe à autre chose. Il suffit que l’idée de réagir avec un billet me traverse l’esprit pour que l’impression qu’il est déjà trop tard m’envahisse et me pousse à abandonner. Quand ils sont liés à l’actualité, mes billets ici prennent de ce fait, d’une certaine façon, une valeur spéciale.
  • L’école algérienne est dans un état lamentable. Le constat est fait depuis des années et est très largement partagé. C’est devenu l’objet de tellement de débats, d’écrits, de simples discussions; et beaucoup de monde imputent à cette école malade, au choix, notre sous-développement, la décennie noire, la faiblesse de notre société civile, l’intolérance réelle ou supposée de notre société, ou tout ça et plein d’autres choses à la fois. Ici-même nous avons écrit sur le sujet à plusieurs reprises et de diverses manières (voici une liste non exhaustive s’il vous prend l’envie de lire: 1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6, 7, 8).

Mais le sujet est complexe et la passion qui l’entoure n’aide guère. Ajoutons à cela Continue reading

Who is Charlie ?

Last month, Europe and the Western world in general were ‘shocked’ by the terrorist attacks on journalists from the comic magazine Charlie Hebdo and the kosher supermarket. As usual following such events, we were graced by numerous ‘peaceful’ demonstrations and such like ‘democratic’ paraphernalia to mark the contrast between the civilized West and the barbarian Muslim world. Not to mention the huge mediatisation of the events. Many Western leaders gathered in Paris and participated in the demonstration. The slogan of the demonstration was ‘Je suis Charlie’ (I am Charlie). In the aftermath, Continue reading

The most influential Algerians in 2014

The last time I posted about influential Algerians was in 2010. Back then I thought I’d make a special post every year but I… simply forgot about it. So here I am back with the 2014 list.

So I checked the 2014/2015 report from the same organization and here are the important only stuff which are related to Algeria: Continue reading

Religious Stories in Algerian music

It is possible to find references to God, the Prophet Mohamed pbuh or faith in many Algerian songs. And almost all musical styles, from the most sacred to the most profane, display such references. This perhaps shows the place religion’s taken in our people’s daily life.

Nasheeds and mystic Sufi music could be flagged as sacred even though the first nasheeds I knew were more patriotic than religious. Algeria offers in Chaabi and Andalusian music two musical styles which could convey a religious message. The Madih is for example a famous sub-genre of the Chaabi music (be it in Arabic or Kabyle) and Algerians are used to hearing it in Ramadhan after the Iftar and on Fridays after the Jumua prayer. Continue reading

Book Review: A world without Islam

Meeting with a book has sometimes to do with luck. Sometimes it is because you are at the airport with some foreign currency which you couldn’t spend even after you visited the restaurant, the café and the duty-free shops. And then you spot a book with a catchy title and the right price to empty your wallet. So you buy it and read it during the 12 hours-long flight. Then you decide to write a review because you have nothing more interesting to write about.
This is what happened to me and this book.

Well, not exactly. I decided to write this post because the book’s topic is essential in our present days where so many wars are said to be launched against Islam-ist groups and threat.

In “A world without Islam“, Graham Fueller tries to picture a world where Islam wouldn’t have existed and considers the current trends to find out whether they would have been different or not. Would there still be a war on terror, a clash of civilisations, hatred towards the US, etc. Continue reading

Gunman no longer on the loose in Toulouse

The recent shootings in Toulouse, which were perpetrated by French alleged former jihadi fighter Mohamed Merah, have been turned into a national tragedy in France. The Jews as usual have gone nuts over the incident (Merah had shot a rabbi and three Jewish children). The usual anti-Semitism brigade came out in force with the usual mission to persuade the world that Israel can do no wrong. EU foreign policy chief, Catherine Ashton, drew criticism in Israel over what Israeli leaders said was an attempt to make the massacre of Palestinian children by Israeli soldiers engaged in Continue reading

Islamic feminism, blue bras and lollipops

On the occasion of International Women’s Day of this year, I have chosen to speak about various ‘feminist’ movements in the Muslim world in general. Many Muslims do not like the term ‘feminism’. The easiest way to discredit a movement in the Muslim world is to link it to the secular West. It is amusing to observe how Muslims seem sometimes more inclined to sympathize with the ideas of the extremist Christian right than with secular movements. Not to say that the Christian right doesn’t have any acceptable ideas from an Islamic perspective, but just to highlight the tendency to distrust anything that is tagged as ‘liberal’, ‘secular’ or even ‘democratic’. This is perhaps why the Islamic feminist movement has had relatively Continue reading