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Public Talk: “Constitutionalizing the Muslim State: Issues, Agreements, and Disagreements” – Professor Malika Zeghal, Harvard University
This talk will deal with how Constitutions have most often affirmed the Muslim character of the state in the modern Middle East (19th-21st c). Professor Zeghal will more particularly focus on modern Tunisia and on the 2012-2014 constitutional episode. In drafting their constitution between 2012 and 2014, Tunisians debated how they could continue to have a state "whose religion is Islam" while shaping a democracy for the first time in their history. Malika Zeghal examines how they constitutionalized these…Find out more »
The goal of this talk is to study the Afro Arab relations within the context of dominant jihadist narratives and the nature of their appeal in the African space. All these Islamist ideologies are based on a peculiar Salafi Radicalism that aimed to transform the state and society by methods of preaching and violence. Therefore, studying and analyzing the principles of the Salafist discourse as a political project helps us to understand its points strengths and weaknesses. In addition,…Find out more »