FALL 2012

New challenges after the Arab revolts

- the case of the Maghreb

It is the ambition of this series of lectures to present recent research on the Maghreb in the light of the Arab revolts in 2011-12. The developments following the uprisings have created an increasingly fragmented Middle East, where a repoliticized political culture seems to represent a “transition to somewhere” with a catchphrase by Rasmus Boserup and Morten Valbjørn (Politik, 15.1, 2012), but still also has traits of stagnant, resilient authoritarianism. Uneven developments have taken place in Algeria, Morocco and Tunisia since the fall of Ben Ali in January 2011, as a result of the different social and economic conditions in the three Maghrebian countries, and at the same time reflecting a variety in the political realities in the three North African states. The Algerian tragedy of the 1990s still plays a role; the elite fears renewed eruptions of violence in the light of the politically unstable situation in the Maghreb, where the Bouteflika regime so far largely seem to have avoided the upheavals of the “Arab Spring”. In Morocco the promised reforms of King Mohammed VI are still only partly carried into effect; the “Mahksen”, the politico-administrative locus of power, secures that the corrupt and influential families and the regime do not lose their grip on the major part of the nation’s limited economic resources. Tunisia saw the rapid fall of Ben Ali in January 2011 and the elections in October finally brought a coalition to power dominated by Rachid Ghannouchi’s Ennahda. However, the new constituent assembly and the next government have much work ahead of them. The transition is now in some kind of unsecure second phase, where the new leadership’s ability to deal with the socio-economic challenges will be a litmus-test for its survival.

Senior Researcher Rasmus Alenius Boserup,

Danish Institute for International Studies
The Repertoire of Contentious Politics in Algeria
13 September 2012, 4-6 PM, Lecture Hall U91


 Professor James Sater, Center for Contemporary Middle East Studies, 
University of Southern Denmark & University of Sharjah
The extent and limits of liberalism in Morocco.
Lessons from legal norms and political practice
11 October 2012, 4-6 PM, Lecture Hall U91

PhD-researcher Rikke Haugbølle, 
Department of Cross-Cultural and Regional Studies, University of Copenhagen
Islamism, secularism and personal piety in "my Tunisia".
Top-down identities and bottom-up transition
15 November 2012, 4-6 PM, Lecture Hall U91





Current Research on Muslims and Islam in Denmark




Ann-Sophie Hemmingsen, Danish Institute for International Studies

“Contemporary Jihadism beyond Conflict: Breaking with Tradition, Constructing Identities”

1 March 2012, 4 PM, Lecture Hall U91



Birgitte Schepelern Johansen, Centre for European Islamic Thought, University of Copenhagen

Polling Muslims: Categorization, Power and the Art of Counting

29 March 2012, 4 PM, Lecture Hall U91



Nadia Jul Jeldtoft, Centre for European Islamic Thought, University of Copenhagen

“A Room of One’s Own:

Spirituality and Religious Emotions in the Everyday Lives of Muslim Minorities”

26 April, 4 PM, Lecture Hall U91


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