"Succeeds in broadening and deepening our understanding of the political and cross-cultural impact of Algerian migration, both home and abroad. This thought-provoking and refreshing addition to the literature takes us within and beyond the Franco-Algerian dynamic, placing Algeria within a truly global perspective over several centuries."
--Journal of African History
"Fascinating figures abound: warrior=statesman (‘Abd al-Qadir), intellectuals (Malik Bennabi), captivates, refugees, even a Freemason exiled in Philadelphia in 1794…their histories deserve greater attention, and here they receive their due."
"The book nether treats Algeria as a French colony nor an Arab territory but, instead, locates it as part of a global network, developing a nuanced analysis of an otherwise-neglected subject in the study of international migration."
--International Migration Review
“Invites us on a journey, one in which we accompany Algerians as they traveled far and near, willingly or not, and by so doing created a frontier society at home as well as diaspora communities scattered across much of the globe… this is a very solidly researched piece of scholarship.”
--International Journal of Middle East Studies
“A work of original scholarship imbued with a deep appreciation of and sensitivity to the complexity of Algerian history, now projected onto the world stage.”
--American Historical Review
“Makes a significant contribution in reconsidering the broader geographic and intellectual spaces that have shaped the country’s trajectory.”
--Journal of North African Studies
“Leaves the reader with a new appreciation, both for the rich global contribution of Algerian émigrés and for the mix of dangers and hopeful possibilities built into this fragile time of upheavals in the wider Arab world.”
“The book emerges as a study in international relations, colonial and postcolonial histories, immigration, and in areas studies, especially, is a valuable contribution.”