Past Conferences

Workshop on Islamists and Local Politics Past

6/13/2017 3:00:00 PM - 5/15/2017 2:00:00 PM

Brastad, Sweden

Political science, media, and policy analysis of Islamist movements and the Middle East more broadly, often concentrate on national politics and major urban areas. A growing body of political science research is now drawing attention to the significance of political organization, mobilization and contestation taking place outside major cities. Though this research is broad, the following questions have been of particular interest: How do local/community conditions relate to the emergence and strengthening of Islamist movements, and what is the nature of these movements? Do we see the strengthening of Islamist movements in conditions with unresponsive local-level state actors, poor service delivery, and/or little political participation? Or do such movements actually help to mobilize support, participation and engagement in local level politics?  Do the political and ideological orientations of Islamist movements in the provinces differ systematically from those in the urban core?  How do different strands of Islamism, such as the Muslim Brotherhood, Salafist movements or Sufi orders, perform at the local level? In “mixed” communities (e.g., Muslim/Christian as found in much of SubSaharan Africa), when do we find cooperative community relations and where do we find segregated practices?  When do local Islamist movements tend to inflame or to suppress radicalization towards violent extremism?

In an effort to explore these questions related to Islamist politics at the local level, POMEPS and the Program on Governance and Local Development (GLD) at the University of Gothenburg are hosting a two-day workshop featuring practitioners, policy-makers and academics from around the world.