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    Book Review – ‘Islamists and the Politics of the Arab Uprisings: Governance, Pluralisation and Contention’

Book Review – ‘Islamists and the Politics of the Arab Uprisings: Governance, Pluralisation and Contention’

by Abdullah Al-Arian
Long suppressed by Arab regimes and kept on the margins of their societies, Islamist groups stood to benefit the most from the uprisings that have since been labelled the ‘Arab Spring’. Hendrik Kraetzchmar and Paola Rivetti’s new edited collection sketches the heterodox nature of these groups – complex actors inspired by as many intellectual, moral, cultural, political and socioeconomic commitments as any other […]

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    From Revolutions to Elections: When Tribes Transform State Power

From Revolutions to Elections: When Tribes Transform State Power

by Alice Wilson

Histories of state formation in the Middle East and North Africa recount how tribes have made states, states have made tribes, and actors claiming to represent each have imagined the other as a threat or opportunity for consolidating power bases. But familiar questions about tribes and states as potential allies or rivals overlook newer questions which in […]

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    Refugees and ‘Host Communities’ Facing Gender-Based Violence around Mbera Camp, Mauritania

Refugees and ‘Host Communities’ Facing Gender-Based Violence around Mbera Camp, Mauritania

by Olga Martín González
This article is part of a 7-part series assessing the prospects and challenges for the study of North Africa in the wake of the Arab Spring.

My research focused on gender based violence and the impact of fragility and conflict on women’s and girls’ rights in eastern Mauritania, comparing the situation of Malian refugees living in Mbera Camp with the […]

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    Revisiting the Cultural Field in Morocco and Tunisia after the ‘Arab Spring’

Revisiting the Cultural Field in Morocco and Tunisia after the ‘Arab Spring’

by Cristina Moreno Almeida
This article is part of a 7-part series assessing the prospects and challenges for the study of North Africa in the wake of the Arab Spring.

In December 2010, the young Hamada Ben Amor aka El General, a fairly unknown Tunisian rapper until then, was arrested for a song and music video he had posted online condemning the Tunisian […]

Algeria: Changing behind a Façade of Stalemate

by Rasmus Alenius Boserup
This article is part of a 7-part series assessing the prospects and challenges for the study of North Africa in the wake of the Arab Spring.

Introduction
When revolutionary mass mobilisation swept across North Africa in late 2010 and early 2011, Algerian authorities were arguably better prepared than most of their neighbours: for more than a decade, urban youth protesters had […]

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