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André Servier was an historian who lived in French Algeria at the beginning of the 20th century. He was chief editor of La Dépêche de Constantine, a newspaper from the city of Constantine in northeastern Algeria. Servier studied the customs and manners of the North African people, becoming one of the few French intellectuals who studied in depth Ibn Ishaq's Sira. His studies included the Ottoman Empire and the Pan-Islamic movement. The latter was developing at that time, along with the rise of nationalist ideals in the Maghrebian areas and the Middle East.