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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: 2007 -> 2008

No timetable defined.


Autumn 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 student critical skills and to allow them to break stereotypes as well as the dichotomized views about this part of the world. Learning to think about the "elsewhere" and the "otherness" with social and political science 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
- The regimes and modalities of power practices (authoritarianism, transitology, primary ties and clientelism...)
- Continuities and ruptures (illustrated by some political trajectories)


- Dale F. Eickelman, James Piscatori, 1996, Muslim Politics, Princeton, Princeton University Press.
- Elizabeth Picard (dir.), 2006, La politique dans le monde arabe, Paris, Armand Colin.

Programme requirements

Political Sociology (first year)

For a historical approach :
- LAURENS Henri, 2000, L'Orient arabe : Arabisme et islamisme de 1798 à 1945, Paris, Armand Colin.
- LAURENS Henri, 2004, L'Orient arabe à l'heure américaine. De la guerre du Golfe à la guerre d'Irak, Paris, Armand Colin.
- MERVIN Sabrina, 2000, Histoire de l'islam. Fondements et doctrines, Paris, Flammarion.

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