Panel 6c The Role of Political Islam during and after the Arab Spring

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Chair: Dr Katerina Dalacoura, Senior Lecturer, Department of International Relations, LSE

Paper 1: The ‘AKP model and Tunisia’s al-Nahda: From Convergence to Competition
Stefano Torelli, PhD candidate, University of Rome la Sapienza – Italian Centre for the Study of Political Islam

The aim of this paper is to explore the differences between the AKP Turkish model on the one hand and the al-Nahda Party and other Islamic movements in the Middle East on the other. By examining the structural differences between the two contexts and consequently by looking at the two distinctive ways of understanding Islam in public life, this paper will also demonstrate how and why the “Turkish model” represented by the AKP can hardly be applied to Tunisia. The paper will be based on the analysis of political Islam in Turkey and, on the other hand, of the Tunisian Islamic Party, with a look at the role that the element of political Islam may play in the new post-Arab Spring States and institutions. >> download the paper

Paper 2: Arab Uprisings, Constitutional Law and Islam: Perspectives for an Accountable Government in Libya
Pietro Longo, PhD candidate, University of Naples ‘L’Orientale – Italian Centre for the Study of Political Islam

Against the background of the Libyan uprising this paper aims to test the thesis of “constitutions in a non-constitutional world” suggested by the leading expert of Islamic constitutionalism N. J. Brown. The work analyses the “constituent power” as it has taken shape in the country: did the people decide to adopt it on the basis of the principle of sovereignty? Or did it impose itself as a “de-facto” power? The study will also examine the provisional constitution adopted by the National Transitional Council by looking at the asset of the state, the separation of the powers and the role of Islam in the framework of the institutional building. The study of the current constituent process and the analysis of the Constitution ad interim in a comparative perspective appear to be of great relevance in order to understand properly the future of Libya. >> download the paper

Paper 3: Al-Qaeda, the Arab Spring and the Decline of the Pan-Islamic Ideal
Ludovico Carlino, PhD candidate, University of Reading – Italian Center for the Study of Political Islam

In the light of the pacific and predominantly secular framework behind the Arab Spring, many scholars have emphasized how the ambitions that al-Qaeda has pursued in the last two decades have been defeated, that is the idea to unite the Ummah under the umbrella of a pan-islamic ideal by overthrowing the Arab regimes through a violent confrontation. The global jihad has indeed been left aside whilst the Arab populations expressed their grievances by appealing to a sentiment of Muslim solidarity contrary to the one that al-Qaeda has used to mobilise its supporters. This paper aims to analyse how the Arab Spring is transforming the global dimension that al-Qaeda’s jihad entails by pushing its local affiliates to present themselves as a concrete alternative to the local regimes. Looking at Yemen as case study, the goal of this study is to understand how the Arab Spring has eclipsed the global appeal of al-Qaeda. >> download the paper

These are abridged versions of the abstracts submitted by  the presenters.
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