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Radical Arab Nationalism and Political Islam with Dr. Addi Lahouari

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Date(s) - 01/12/2018
12:30 pm - 2:00 pm

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Georgetown University Center for Contemporary Arab Studies


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Radical Arab Nationalism and Political Islam with Dr. Addi Lahouari

JANUARY 12, 2018 @ 12:30 PM – 2:00 PM


The Center for Contemporary Arab Studies is excited to host Dr. Addi Lahouari to present on his recently published book: Radical Arab Nationalism and Political Islam.

In this book, Dr. Lahouari attempts to assess the history and political legacy of radical Arab nationalism to show that it contained the seeds of its own destruction. While the revolutionary regimes promised economic and social development and sought the unity of Arab nations, they did not account for social transformations, such as freedom of speech, that would eventually lead to their decline. But while radical Arab nationalism fell apart, authoritarian populism did not disappear. Today it is expressed by political Islam that aims to achieve the kind of social justice radical Arab nationalism once promised.

Dr. Lahouari creatively links the past and present while also raising questions about the future of Arab countries. Is political Islam the heir of radical Arab nationalism? If political Islam succeeds, will it face the same challenges faced by radical Arab nationalism? Will it be able to implement modernity? The future of Arab countries, Addi writes, depends on this crucial issue.

This timely work was published in collaboration with Center for Contemporary Arab Studies, Georgetown University.

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Lahouari Addi is a professor at the Institut d’études politiques at the University of Lyon, and research fellow at the Centre de recherche en anthropologie sociale et culturelle in Oran, Algeria. He is the author of numerous books and articles on North Africa and political Islam, including Deux anthropologues au Maghreb: Ernest Gellner et Clifford Geertz and L’Algérie et la Democratie.

**The CCAS Boardroom is wheelchair accessible. For all other disability accommodations requests, please contact Azza Altiraifi at**

This book talk at Georgetown University is made possible in part by a Department of Education Title VI grant to support Georgetown University’s National Resource Center – Middle East & North Africa.

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