organised one panel at
16-22 July 2018

The theme was:

The North African region provides a rather unique setting for observing the interaction between State and Society, with one side facing the highly organised State systems of the Mediterranean, and another the vast — and largely stateless — expanses in the Sahara. In between are numerous pockets of rugged mountains where effective State control was only intermittently felt. These juxtapositions have been a powerful force throughout North African history.
   In the colonial period, North Africa offered striking comparisons between two distinct models of the relationship between State and Society, the Islamic and French (along with derivative Spanish and Italian models). And in the post-colonial period, North Africa offers important insights on the impact of burgeoning revenues from oil, gas and phosphate exports, controlled by the central State, upon communities, many with a long experience of resistance to State control.

It was a great success and well-attended and the following papers were presented:

  1. Fátima Fernández
    The unspoken ‘exit’: erasing Algeria from the European Common Market (1957-1976)
  2. John Fisher
    James Macleod, a Scottish merchant who embarked upon a career in the Morocco trade based in Tangier, in 1886
  3. Aslisho Qurboniev
    A Khaldunian appraisal of the evolution of the early fatimid State: The rise of the Kutama and Sanhaja

Fátima Fernández’ paper has been published in The Maghreb Review, Vol. 44, 1, 2019 and John Fisher’s paper will be published in The Maghreb Review, Volume 44, 2, 2019.
The Editor regrets that the paper by Aslisho Qurboniev which was due to be published along with the others from our Panel cannot be published, owing to the author’s failure to submit the text.