Centre for the Study of Islam in the Contemporary World

Islamism and Islamic Discourses in the Middle East and North Africa

Exploring Islam's role in public life and its relationship with the state in a dynamic and rapidly-changing Middle East.

Middle Eastern Islamisms

Academic Lead: Dr Ewan Stein

This research cluster explores the evolving role and form of Islamism and Islamic discourses in the Middle East and North Africa. Relevant topics include the ways in which Islam informs discourses of legitimation and de-legitimation; how Islam and Islamism shapes and is shaped by state institutions; how Islamism has been transformed by endogenous and exogenous factors in the wake of the 2011 Arab uprisings; and how Islam and Islamism inform narratives of threat and cooperation in the contemporary Middle Eastern and Mediterranean regions. The cluster also examines the ways in which Islamic and Islamist discourses interact with global ideological, geopolitical and economic dynamics as well as shifting power relations on regional and subregional levels.