NotesFAQContact Us
Search Tips
Peer reviewed Peer reviewed
Direct linkDirect link
ERIC Number: EJ950187
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2011
Pages: 19
Abstractor: As Provided
Reference Count: N/A
ISSN: ISSN-0046-760X
Teaching Morality and Religion in Nineteenth-Century Colonial Algeria: Gender and the Civilising Mission
Rogers, Rebecca
History of Education, v40 n6 p741-759 2011
Historians have long presented France's "civilizing mission" within its colonies in secular terms ignoring women's presence as both actors and subjects. This is particularly true in Algeria where the colonial government's explicitly prohibited proselytism. This article emphasizes women's roles pursuing both secular and religious goals in Algeria. An initial section highlights the early efforts to include Muslim girls in the civilizing mission through the creation of Mme Luce's Arab-French school for girls in 1845. Secondly, the article explores how issues of morality combined with gender power politics to end this experiment in schooling urban indigenous girls. The civilizing mission was not limited, however, to the local Arabs, Moors or Berbers as teachers and clerics recognized that the European settler populations sorely required moral uplift. As a result, a third sections examines the activities of female Catholic teaching congregations exploring their "forgotten" contribution to the colonial educational project. (Contains 68 footnotes.)
Routledge. Available from: Taylor & Francis, Ltd. 325 Chestnut Street Suite 800, Philadelphia, PA 19106. Tel: 800-354-1420; Fax: 215-625-2940; Web site:
Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Descriptive
Education Level: Elementary Secondary Education
Audience: N/A
Language: English
Sponsor: N/A
Authoring Institution: N/A
Identifiers - Location: Algeria; France