Summary Of Eat By Julia Clancy Smith

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It is typical for Americans and the world in general to judge people from North Africa, particularly Arabs. This they do without actually walking in their shoes and living their lives. In particular, after the wave of terrorism that hit the United States and the world at large since the turn of the century, there has been a negative perception towards North Africans and the Arab world at large. It is for this reason that Julia Clancy-smith took a trip to Algeria and Tunisia in order to give the world an unbiased view of the world in which North Africans live (Clancy-Smith 50). The author focused on the political and religious actions of those considered the Muslim and their followers. Additionally, she gives a detailed analysis of the accommodation and resistance to the colonial rule. She rejects the popular position that Tunisians and Algerians were victims of colonial aggression from the west and argued instead that Muslim notables actually understood the complications of the outside world and were therefore, able to manipulate the changes that were taking place around them. This paper is focused on reviewing this book in the context of the twenty first century. The book gives special attention to specific Sufi leaders as well as their followers in Tunisia and Algeria which have traditionally been linked…show more content…
Instead, she already had formed an opinion and therefore, decided to go to North Africa to find the answers that she needed. She notes that French officials and Arab religious notables had often held meetings in which they decided the fate of the people. She dwells on the rebellion in 1849 which gives a rich policy dossier which ideally explored relationships that were not thought to be in existence. For instance the relations between populist protest and provincial Sufi notables as well as the relationship that migrant laborers had with politics at the
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