Sociology and Anthropology

Social Change as Seen by Malik Bennabi

Malik Bennabi (1905-1973), the noted Algerian thinker, was born in Constantine, Algeria in the midst of the French occupation of his country. Despite his education in French institutions both at home and in France itself, he was considered a second-class citizen, an indigene. During his formative years, he lived in the antithetical worlds of East-West, Africa-Europe, and Islam-Christianity. Nevertheless, Bennabi remained immune to the inferiority complex afflicting most of his Western-educated Muslim contemporaries. Although he may have suffered from what some scholars call “cultural schizophrenia,” Bennabi strongly identified with Islam, its culture, and its history. His childhood education in Arabic and the Qur‘an was an important reserve which he developed and drew upon at later age?

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