Arab Uprisings: Democratic Hopes and Theocratic Threats

23 February 2012 | Workshop | IEMed, Barcelona

The triumph of the Arab Spring and the beginning of transition processes that include the holding of constituent elections, have cast doubt on the deterministic views that identify Islamic societies as antagonistic to the concepts of modernity and democracy. In fact, the events that have marked the year 2011 and that will star in 2012 and the next few years have shown to Western public opinion not only the ideological, ethnic and cultural diversity existing in these countries that goes beyond confessionalism, but also a general popular clamor in favor of the establishment of participatory and democratic political systems. The electoral results have placed Islamist options before the new democratic governments. Political Islam has achieved a claimed inclusion in the political game for decades, but it will also have the responsibility of demonstrating the possibility of reconciling conservative government options with political pluralism.

Mohamed Chérif Ferjani, Researcher at the Groupe de Recherches et d’Études sur la Méditerranée et le Moyen-Orient i de l’Institute des Études Politiques de la Universitat Lumière-Lyon 2, comments at a conference at the IEMed on the nature of the riots of the year 2011 in the region, with special attention to the cases of Tunisia, Morocco and Egypt.


Enric Olivé

Enric Olivé

Professor URV
Mohamed Chérif Ferhabu

Mohamed Chérif Ferhabu

Researcher Institute d’Études Politiques



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