Skip to main content

Algerian Ministry of Religious Affairs Warns Against Extremism

The Algerian Ministry of Religious Affairs and Endowments has warned against the growth of religious extremism in the country, including takfiri Salafism.
Muslim men attend a "Tarawih" mass prayer session during Ramadan at the El Houda mosque in Algiers August 25, 2010. Muslims around the world abstain from eating, drinking and conducting sexual relations from sunrise to sunset during Ramadan, the holiest month in the Islamic calendar.     REUTERS/Louafi Larbi  (ALGERIA Tags: - Tags: RELIGION SOCIETY) - RTR2HJPN

Religious tensions of ideological and sectarian origin have encumbered Maghreb countries, in particular Algeria, for the past twenty years. The recent rise of a number of radical religious movements involving Ahmedism, Salafism, Shiism, Wahhabism, and takfiri ideology have raised concerns among officials in the Algerian Ministry of Religious Affairs and Endowments, which has decided to take action by strengthening the monitoring and control of places of worship and universities — that is, the places targeted by the radical Islamists for recruits.

On May 12 in an interview with Radio Alger Chaine 3, Mohamed Aissa, the ministry's inspector general, confirmed the religious radicalization taking place in the country. Authorities, however, have indicated that they will not shirk from confronting these currents, given their awareness of the religious elite of the country.

Access the Middle East news and analysis you can trust

Join our community of Middle East readers to experience all of Al-Monitor, including 24/7 news, analyses, memos, reports and newsletters.


Only $100 per year.