Arab World in Transition
- The Women of the Islamist Movements: Towards a Women’s Spring?
- اللجان الشعبية بمصر: تقييم ورؤية مستقبلية
- تحديات السلم في ليبيا ما بعد الثورة
- مسألة الجهوية بالمغرب
- تحولات الطيف السلفي بالمغرب بعد الربيع العربي
- الدعوة السلفية بالإسكندرية بين المشايخية والحزبية
- نساء الحركات الإسلامية: نحو ربيع نسائي؟
- شبكة الانترنيت والأطراف السياسية الفاعلة في مرحلة ما بعد ثورتي مصر وتونس: عناصر أولية للفهم
Arab World in Transition
Several parts of the MENA region are going through historic political changes, with new forms of political action, calls for democracy and changes of former orders. The popular protests for instance in Tunisia and Egypt have been described as new dynamics and embodiment of the values of equality, freedom, justice, dignity, inclusiveness, in particular with regard to the commended 'spirit of Tahrir square': a non-confessional, non-partisan citizen commitment that seems to continue in the transition and political transformation processes. Regardless of the direction the latter take, it is certain that emerging parties and actors will play new roles and become resilient or new political forces in multiple MENA societies. In this context, questions on the political transformation and the role of new political actors – in particular of the religiously inspired political actors, both of 'older' Islamic actors and the recently emerged intellectual and political Muslim elite as well as regarding their political thought that seems to go beyond ideological politics remain critical. It is necessary to better understand these and other dynamics within the context of change, and to appreciate the respective chances or challenges for peaceful transformation processes. It is certain that some form of accompaniment and support to the change dynamics will be instrumental both to smooth the progress of the non-violent and democratic transition, and to mitigate tensions and contribute to conflict transformation.
The overall goal of the project is to contribute to smooth processes of change and transition in the concerned MENA countries, based on fundamental values of plurality, equality, inclusiveness, dignity, freedom and justice, non ideological and participatory approach and the notion of citizenship. Concretely, the project aims at improving the understanding of the roles and actions of key social, religious and political actors in the political transformation dynamics, and at identifying possible actions and initiatives to promote the adherence to the above-mentioned values and hence a peaceful co-existence of different worldviews.
The project includes the production of a series of action-research papers on the Arab World in Transition, and the organization of events to discuss the findings and possible entry points for possible conflict prevention and transformation initiatives. The research papers will be disseminated in academic spheres but also to policy and decision makers, international civil servants and think tanks. Depending on the topics and findings, the publication of brief policy recommendations will be examined, as well as training modules for policy makers.
Among the key themes of interest figure the integration of new actors of change, transition and democratization, peaceful co-existence, plural and inclusive societies, and the building of representative systems that take into account both secular and religious-inspired views. Some of the concrete topics on which research papers and/or exploratory work are currently been made are:
- Transformation of the Salafi schools of thought in Egypt and evolving political involvement;
- The role of new media in processes of political reorganization and democracy building: the web and political actors in post(?)-revolutionary Egypt and Tunisia
- The role of popular committees in Egypt after the revolution of January 25;
- Women of Islamist movements: towards a women’s spring?;
- Transformations of the Salafi trends in Morocco with the Arab Spring;
- The emergence of infra-national identities in Libya;
- The issue of regionalization in Morocco
Researcher in Political Science
وهانى دانيال (صحفي مصري)
باحث بمؤسسة قرطبة بجنيف
أستاذ جامعي، رئيس مركز الدراسات والأبحاث الإنسانية، الدار البيضاء
أستاذ جامعي في العلوم السياسية
وأحمد زغلول (باحث في شؤون الحركات الإسلامية)
باحثة في العلوم السياسية
باحث بمركز الدراسات والوثائق الاقتصادية والقانونية والاجتماعية