Habib al-Sayah: Cracking ‘the Shell of the Taboo Around Talking about Algerian Jews’

Algeria as we know it has a long, very long history. One group has been living in Algeria for many centuries. They came from the east, the near east. They came from the north, from the Iberian Peninsula, after persecution. These jews settled in what is now Algeria and live there up till this day. 

The Algerian writer Habib al-Sayah talks in this interview about his novel ‘Me and Haim’ in which a jewish pharmacist Haim bin Maymun and a muslim philosopher Arsalan Hanafi form centre stage, during the French occupation. 

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