Event to mark the publication of Salafism After the Arab Awakening: Contending with People's Power (Edited by Francesco Cavatorta and Fabio Merone, Hurst, 2016). Salafism is playing a significant role in the post-uprising Arab world. The talk will explore some of the questions related to its forceful emergence, looking specifically at what explains its powerful appearance on the public scene, the many forms of activism it has taken up, and the complex interplay between the national and international dimensions.
Francesco Cavatorta is associate professor of political science at Universite' Laval in Quebec, Canada. His research focuses on authoritarianism and democratisation in the Arab world, Islamist movements and parties and civil society activism. He has published his work in numerous peer-reviewed journals and he recently co-authored (with Vincent Durac) the textbook Politics and Governance in the Middle East (Palgrave, 2015).