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The Middle East and North Africa Research group warmly invites you to the presentation of the book ‘Salafism After the Arab Awakening. Contending with People’s Power’. Prof. Dr. Sami Zemni will introduce the evening, after which Dr. Fabio Merone will present the publication and Prof. Dr. Stéphane Lacroix his contribution on the '‘Islamist dilemmas in post-Arab Spring Saudi Arabia". Finally Prof. Dr Corinne Torrekens will offer her critical reading of the edited volume, before opening the discussion to the audience. The book will be offered for sale after the discussion.


One of the most interesting consequences of the Arab awakening has been the central role of Salafists in a number of countries. In particular, there seems to have been a move away from traditional quietism towards an increasing degree of politicisation. The arrival on the political scene of Salafist parties in Egypt, Tunisia, and Yemen, as well as the seemingly growing desire of Salafists in other Arab countries to enter institutional politics through the creation of political parties, highlights quite clearly the debates around how to react to the awakening within Salafist circles.The book ‘ Salafism After the Arab Awakening’ examines in detail how Salafism, both theologically and politically, is contending with the Arab uprisings across a number of countries. The focus is primarily on what kind of politicisation, if any, has taken place and what forms it has adopted. As some of the contributions make clear, politicisation does not necessarily diminish the role of jihad or the influence of quietism, revealing tensions and struggles within the complex world of Salafism.


Corinne Torrekens is Professor in political sciences and researcher at the Group for research on Ethnic Relations, Migration and Equality (GERME) of the Université libre de Bruxelles and Managing Director of the spin-off DiverCity. She has recently published (with Dirk Jacobs), "Muslims' religiosity and views on religion in six Western European countries: does national context matter?", Journal of Ethnic and Migration Studies, 2016, 42(2).

Stéphane Lacroix is an associate professor of political science at Sciences Po, a researcher at the Centre d’Etudes et de Recherches Internationales (CERI), and an associate fellow at the Centre d’Etudes et de Documentation Economiques, Juridiques et Sociales (CEDEJ) in Cairo. He is also a lecturer at Chicago University in Paris. He is the author the book “Awakening Islam: The Politics of Religious Dissent in Contemporary Saudi Arabia”

Fabio Merone is researcher at the Middle East and North Africa Research Group, Ghent University. He just finished his phd research on the evolution of Islamism in Tunisian democratic transition. Fabio Merone has published in several academic international journals and with Francesco Cavatorta, Merone has edited the book “ Salafism after the Arab Awakening. Contending with people’s power ».

Sami Zemni is professor in political and social sciences at the Conflict Research Group a multidisciplinary research unit at Ghent University. He coordinates and leads the Middle East and North Africa Research Group. His area of expertise is politics within the Middle East and North Africa region, with special reference to political Islam. He focuses on processes of neoliberalisation, globalization and political change in Morocco, Algeria, Tunisia and Egypt.


05/12/2017 - 20:00 - Free entrance
@ De KROOK, ‘De Blauwe Vogel’ Hall  
Square Miriam Makeba 1, 9000 Gent
(Entrance through Platteberg - Google Maps)