(MENAFN) Algeria's 2017 International Book Fair was distinguished by its ban on Iranian publications, which "incite sectarianism and violence and contradict the Maliki doctrine, which is followed by the majority of the Algerian people", according to the book fair manager, as reported by Asharq-Al-Awsat.
Malikia is a product of Imam Malik's understanding of the Prophet Mohammed's calling and is referenced as a typical for religious judgments in Algeria, Mauritania and Morocco.
Controlling most institutions in the country, the moderate path has been adopted by Algeria's Zawya. The Zawya prospered after the black ten years when religious extremism left thousands dead in a civil war.
This concern may go some way to clarify the prohibition of Iranian books which officials fear could ignite divisions within Algerian society.