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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 […]

Beyond the Spectre of Sectarianism: The Case of Tunisia

by Teije Hidde Donker
This memo was presented at a workshop organised by the LSE Middle East Centre on 29 June 2018 looking at the comparative politics of sub-state identity in the Middle East.

A spectre of sectarianism is haunting the world. In the last year alone, the New York Times published 204 articles related to the phenomenon – with fourteen articles in the week […]

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    Book Review: Alfred Stepan’s ‘Democratic Transition in the Muslim World’

Book Review: Alfred Stepan’s ‘Democratic Transition in the Muslim World’

by Youssef Cherif

‘It first happens in Tunisia, then in Egypt’. This was the common saying in the euphoric days of 2011. Some observers continued to see parallels between the two countries in actions and developments until 2012 and even 2013. Then Abdel Fattah al-Sisi staged his coup. Since that fateful day of July 2013, the two countries went their […]

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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 […]

The Politics-Security Nexus in Post-Revolutionary Tunisia

by Francesco Milan
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.

Speaking at a recent LSE event, Shaikh Rached Ghannouchi stressed how, throughout the Arab world, democracy is set to become the only game in town: ‘it is only a matter of time’, Ennahda’s founder […]

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