Wikistrat Expert Prof. Mokhtar Benabdallaoui

Prof. Mokhtar Benabdallaoui

Senior Fellow of the Atlantic Council of the United States

Professor Mokhtar Benabdallaoui is a scholar of contemporary intellectual trends in Islamic societies with a particular interest in democratic transitions in the Arab World. In recent years, his work has focused on the study and importance of education the Arab World and in Islamic societies. Professor Benabdallaoui’s expertise also extends to contemporary Islam and the foundation of civil society in the Arab World.

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Biography

Professor Mokhtar Benabdallaoui is a scholar of contemporary intellectual trends in Islamic societies with a particular interest in democratic transitions in the Arab World. In recent years, his work has also focused on the study and importance of education the Arab World and in Islamic societies. Prof. Benabdallaoui’s expertise also extends to contemporary Islam and the foundation of civil society in the Arab World.

Prof. Benabdallaoui is professor of Islamic studies and director of the Doctoral Center for Studies in Politics and Religion at Hasan II University, in Casablanca. He is also founding director of the Center for Humanities Studies and Research, a Casablanca-based nongovernmental organization that carries out a broad range of activities under the auspices of the Forum Civil (Civic Forum), including civic education workshops, publication of Rihanat, a quarterly journal, and conferences on democratic reform.

Prof. Benabdallaoui also sits on the board of directors of the Network of Democrats in the Arab World, a nonprofit organization registered in the United Kingdom in 2007. He has authored numerous articles and book chapters, including Contemprary Islam, which won a Moroccan Book Award in 2011, and he most recently supervised and edited a collective volume entitled Maghrebian Elites. During his fellowship, Prof. Benabdallaoui is studying the evolution, activities, and impact of Islamist parties in the Arab world and intends to publish his findings in the form of a book.

He received his PhD from Damascus University with dissertation topics on Islamic Speech in the Arab World and Intellectual Currents in the Contemporary Arab World. He has since received a Bachelor’s Degree in Public Law from the School of Law in Mohammedia, Morrocco. Professor Benabdallaui’s recent work has applied his academic background in Islamic and Arab studies to the shifting currents in Arab political cultures in the wake of the Arab Spring.

Professor Benabdallaui’s work emphasizes the interconnectedness between identity, culture and political affiliation in the Arab World; specifically in the Maghreb. This has involved studies of the Arab-Berber relationship in Morocco and the impact of language on identity and political affiliation.

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Prof. Mokhtar Benabdallaoui is a Senior Analyst in Wikistrat’s Analytic Community

Academic Qualifications:
PhD at Damascus University
Bachelor in Public Law at the School of Law Mohammedia, Morocco

Areas of Expertise:
Islamist movements/political parties
Political Cultures of the Middle East
Civil Society and Democratic Transisition in the Middle East
The Levant
The Mahgreb

Contact:
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