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Abdullah Al-Arian, Asef Bayat, Nathan Brown, Peter Mandaville, Jillian Schwedler, and John Voll


Roundtable on The Future of Islamism: A Starting Point

[Supporters of Egypt's ousted President Mohammed Morsi on 8 November 2013 raise his poster and their hands with four raised fingers, which has become a symbol of the Raba‘a al-Adawiyya mosque—where Morsi supporters had held a sit-in for weeks that was violently dispersed in August 2013. Image by Amr Nabil via Associated Press]

Introduction (by Abdullah Al-Arian, Roundtable Organizer and Co-Editor of Critical Currents in Islam Page) The Arab uprisings that began in late 2010 had barely claimed a single authoritarian ruler when many observers began to proclaim the imminent rise of Islamist governments from Tunisia to Yemen. Less than three years later, however, those predictions appear at best to have been premature. Despite repeated electoral successes in Tunisia and Egypt, Islamist political ...

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Abdullah Al-Arian, Asef Bayat, Nathan Brown, Peter Mandaville, Jillian Schwedler, and John Voll


Asef Bayat is the Catherine and Bruce Bastian Professor of Global and Transnational Studies and Professor of Sociology and Middle Eastern studies at University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign.

Nathan Brown is professor of political science and international affairs at George Washington University.

Peter Mandaville is the Director of the Ali Vural Ak Center for Global Islamic Studies and Associate Professor of Government at George Mason University.

Jillian Schwedler is professor of political science at Hunter College.

John Voll is professor of Islamic history and associate director of the Prince Alwaleed bin Talal Center for Muslim-Christian Understanding at Georgetown University.

Abdullah Al-Arian is an assistant professor of history at Wayne State University. He is also a contributor to the Al Jazeera network and website. His first book, entitled Answering the Call: Popular Islamic Activism in Egypt (1970-1981), will be published by Oxford University Press next spring.