Conference: Five Years After the Arab Spring: Political and Ideological Trends

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Time and place: Jun 10, 2016 08:30 AM – 04:30 PM,  Helga Engs hus: Auditorium 3, University of Oslo, Norway.

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The conference marks the end of the New Middle East project (NEWME) that started in 2012. NEWME has studied political and ideological trends in the Middle East at a time when old patriarchal and autocratic structures in the region have crumbled. Two main topics will be addressed at the conference by panels composed of NEWME researchers and leading international Middle East experts. The first topic addresses the current status of democracy and political Islam in the Middle East. The second addresses political implications of the challenges to patriarchal structures (gender and age hierarchies) in the region.

Preliminary program

This conference will present a small glimpse into the research conducted and articles written as part of this project. For more information about the individual projects and articles published see the different subprojects. Various publications, reports and policy briefs, can be obtained her.

The panels are organized by two topics with presentations divided into two panels per topic. There will be a 15 minutes break between the panels and a 45 minutes break after noon when a light lunch will be served. During each panel three researchers will present their findings using approximately 15 minutes each, followed by 30 minutes for question and answers.


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Democratization or Jihadism? The Future of Political Islam

1.    François Burgat: “Who “Made” I.S.?”

2.    Tilde Rosmer: “The Exception that Disproves the Rule: the Islamic Movement in Israel”

3.    Laurent Bonnefoy:” Inter-Islamist Debates in Post-Saleh Yemen”

15 min



Democratization or Jihadism? The Future of Political Islam

1.     Bjørn Olav Utvik: “Understanding Islamism as Key to Understanding the Post-2011 Middle East”

2.     Brynjar Lia: “Exporting the Jihadi Proto-State Model? The Islamic State’s Provinces in the Arab World”

3.     Stéphane Lacroix: A Movement in Crisis? Egyptian Islamists under Sissi

45 min



Shaken, not Stirred? Patriarchy, Gender and the Clash of Generations after the Arab Spring

1.     Monica Marks: “Exploring Generational Tensions and Patriarchy within Political Islam & Jihad-Oriented Movements”

2.     Albrecht Hofheinz: “A Look Back on Generation Stuck: of Dreams Repressed, of Seeking a Way Out”

3.     Rania Maktabi: “Female Lawyers in Morocco, Lebanon and Kuwait Speak:
Women between Law and Politics after 2011”

15 min




Shaken, not Stirred? Patriarchy, Gender and the Clash of Generations after the Arab Spring

1.     Jacob Høigilt: “Why is Everything so Hopeless for Young Palestinians? A Guide for the Perplexed”

2.     Dag Tuastad: “Local Tribalists, National Revolutionaries: Clan, Patriarchy and the Nation among Palestinians in Israel”

3.     Kai Kverme: “Targeting the Sunnis; Lebanon’s Sunni Leadership Finds itself between a Rock and a Hard Place”

The Conference is in Cooperation With the Research Project “When Authoritarianism Fails in the Arab World” (WAFAW) and is sponsored by the Norwegian Ministry of Foreign Affairs.


The New Middle East: Emerging Political and Ideological Trends