Islamist movements in the MENA: Adaptation and divergence

January 26, 2017 @ 6:00 PM – 7:30 PM
Elliott School for International Affairs, Lindner Commons, Room 602
1957 E St NW
Washington, DC 20052

Carthage Mosque

In the post-Arab uprisings political landscape, Islamist movements across the Middle East and North Africa are adapting in unique ways to face challenges from the evolution of Salafi-jihadist movements to local insurgencies and repression. Some – like Egypt’s Muslim Brotherhood under President Sissi – have faced severe domestic and regional repression disrupting their organization, ideology and strategy. Others have found new opportunities, whether in formal politics or as members of military coalitions. These structural changes have produced an intriguingly diverse array of responses at the ideological, strategic and organization level.

This panel of top scholars will seek to address timely questions such as: what explains the variation in the ways in which Islamists have adapted to these new challenges and opportunities? To what extent have Islamist parties, movements, members or intellectuals engaged in significant strategic adaptation, ideological rethinking, or internal reorganization? What are the appropriate historical or cross-national comparisons to make sense of the current political moment?


Khalil al-Anani, Doha Institute for Graduate Studies

Monica Marks, University of Oxford

Jillian Schwedler, Hunter College, CUNY

Eva Wegner, University College Dublin

Moderated by: 

Marc Lynch – George Washington University 

For background reading on the state of Islamist movements and the challenges facing Islam in the region, read POMEPS Studies 17, Evolving Methodologies in the Study of IslamismPOMEPS Studies 12 Islam in the IS AgePOMEPS Studies 15 Islam in International Order, and POMEPS Briefing 28, The Gulf’s Escalating Sectarianism.

 This event is part of a special series on Islam in a Changing Middle East supported by the Henry Luce Foundation.

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