The ‘Arab spring’: Beyond the Secularist-Islamist Divide

Programs for Teachers
Newberry Teachers' Consortium
Friday, February 1, 2013

9:30 am-12:30 pm

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Elizabeth Shakman Hurd, Northwestern University

The Tunisian revolution has been described as “a secular revolution. Not a secularist revolution, but secular in the sense that it was neither Islamist nor secularist.” The political and economic demands and achievements associated with the so-called ‘Arab spring’ have profoundly challenged, and a deeply entrenched secularist-Islamist socio-political divide in the countries of the Middle East and North Africa. Not only Ennahda in Tunisia but other parties in the region have sought out spaces that are not defined and occupied by a ‘secularist versus Islamist’ political imaginary. This course will evaluate the promise and pitfalls of revolutionary politics and the potential for democratic pluralism in the twenty-first century Middle East and North Africa.

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