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Abdeslam E. Maghraoui

Prof. Abdeslam E. Maghraoui is Associate Professor of the Practice of Political Science at Duke University and a member of the core faculty at the Duke Islamic Studies Center. His areas of research are religion and politics, liberalism and democracy, and culture, identity and politics. His current research projects focus on the logic and dynamics of authoritarian breakdown in the Arab world and the effect of authority on ethical behavior in different social and cultural contexts. Through these projects, Prof. Maghraoui investigates how culture, language, and identity interact in different environments to shape individual and collective political behavior and dynamics.

Prof. Maghraoui is the author of Liberalism without Democracy: Nationhood and Citizenship in Egypt, 1922–1932 (Duke University Press, 2006), which examines politics and identity in Egypt during the 1920’s and 1930’s. He has also published several papers on the challenges of democratization in the Maghreb in the Journal of Democracy, Middle East Quarterly, Middle East Report, the Journal of Mediterranean Studies, and Mediterranean Politics.

Prof. Maghraoui has conducted policy research on governance issues for the World Bank, the US Government, and various European Union agencies, and is currently an advising member of the British Council initiative “Our Shared Future,” which aims to narrow the gap between the Muslim World and the West. From 2004 to 2007, he directed the Muslim World Initiative at the US Institute of Peace. Previously, he was Program Officer of the Middle East and North Africa project at the International Peace Academy in New York.

Prof. Maghraoui received his Ph.D in politics from Princeton University; a BA in politics and sociology from the University of California at Santa Cruz; and a DEUG from the University of Strasbourg, France.