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Comparative Politics : North Africa and Middle East

Politique comparée: Afrique du Nord et Moyen-Orient

Responsible Faculty: Faculty of Social and Political Sciences (SSP)

Teacher(s): Mounia Bennani-Chraïbi
Lecturer(s): -

Validity: 2005 -> 2005

No timetable defined.


Spring semester
4 hours per week
56 hours per semester

Teaching language(s): French
Public: Yes
Credits: 0


The purpose of this course is to develop the students' critical skills and to allow them the breaking of the stereotypes as well as the dichotomized views meat about this part of the world. Learning to think about the elsewhere and the otherness with social sciences tools is another target of this course.


This course on North Africa and Middle East deals with a series of comparative politics questions. The "Muslim world" supposedly political specificity and its famous "exceptionality" is the main focus of our reflection, starting from the following subjects:
- The State
- The references which frame the legitimating processes (nationalism, Islam....)
- The regimes and modalities of power practices (authoritarianism, transitology, clientelism...)
- Continuities and ruptures (illustrated by the reflection on Arab Monarchies, Egypt, and Iranian Revolution)


- Dale F. Eickelman, James Piscatori, 1996, Muslim Politics, Princeton, Princeton University Press.
- Ghassan Salamé dir., 1994, Démocraties sans démocrates : Politiques d'ouverture dans le monde arabe et islamique, Paris, Fayard.

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