Political Islam: Fractures, Evolution and Dilemmas23 January 2020. From 18:30 | Workshop | English | IEMed, Barcelona
The situation of political Islam in the Arab world has experienced fast and unprecedented reversals over the past few years. Since they represented the main force of opposition to the Arab regimes before the revolutions of 2011, the Islamists, unsurprisingly, after the uprisings, came to power by the polls in several countries, led by Egypt and Tunisia. Very quickly, however, they had to face a violent backlash. Overthrown and then massacred in Egypt in the summer of 2013, the Muslim Brotherhood saw a regional axis set up against them determined to eradicate them. Jihadism then took over with the meteoric rise in power, in 2014, of the organization “Islamic State” – itself defeated militarily, in 2017. What remains, therefore, of political Islam in the Arab world? And what prospects for these actors who until recently appeared to be the main political alternative in the region?
All these questions are addressed by Stéphane Lacroix, associate professor at the School of International Affairs of Science Po (PSIA) and Researcher at the Center for International Studies and Research (CERI). His work focuses on Islam and contemporary Middle Eastern politics, with a particular interest in the Gulf region. His publications include L’Egypte en revolutions (2015) and Saudi Arabia in transition: Insights on Social, Political, Economic and Religious Change (2015).