Contemporary Politics of the Middle-East and North-Africa

A special issue of Societies (ISSN 2075-4698).

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Dear Colleagues,

The Middle-East and North Africa (MENA) is a region that is defined, among other things, by historical, political, social, cultural, and religious considerations. Mainly, it is the political structures and international relations of the countries in this region that define it. The “Arab Spring”, which started in late 2010, affected almost all of the countries in the region—not only Arab countries—either in the protests that were held, government changes, a government that was overthrown, or a civil war involving other countries. Thus, it is of utmost importance to explore the contemporary political changes of the MENA region.

The Special Issue “Contemporary Politics of the Middle-East and North-Africa” intends to explore any aspect of the contemporary politics of MENA, broadly defined. For this purpose, Societies invites articles that deal either with internal political considerations and the governmental systems of one of the countries in the region, or comparisons between different countries, or focusing on the international relations of any of the countries. Case studies are encouraged to focus on countries in North Africa—Algeria, Egypt, Libya, Morocco, Sudan, and Tunisia; the Arabian Peninsula and the Persian Gulf—Bahrain, Iran, Iraq, Kuwait, Oman, Qatar, Saudi Arabia, United Arab Emirates, and Yemen; and the Levant—Israel, Jordan, Lebanon, Palestinian Authority, Syria, and Turkey.

Dr. Rami Zeedan
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  • Middle-East
  • North-Africa
  • politics
  • international relations
  • Arab Spring
  • regimes

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Gaining Legitimacy in Post-Qaddafi Libya: Analysing Attempts of the Muslim Brotherhood
by Inga Kristina Trauthig
Societies 2019, 9(3), 65; - 13 Sep 2019
Cited by 1 | Viewed by 4465
The Libyan Muslim Brotherhood needed to manoeuvre underground for several decades, just as most opposition groups in Libya had to—because of the repression from the Qaddafi regime. In 2012, however, the political wing of the Libyan Muslim Brotherhood (LMB), the Justice and Construction [...] Read more.
The Libyan Muslim Brotherhood needed to manoeuvre underground for several decades, just as most opposition groups in Libya had to—because of the repression from the Qaddafi regime. In 2012, however, the political wing of the Libyan Muslim Brotherhood (LMB), the Justice and Construction Party (JCP, sometimes also called the Justice and Development Party) participated in popular elections just shortly after its inception. Seven years later, one can unanimously say that the movement was not able to take power in the country. This paper will analyse the LMB in post-revolutionary Libya by concentrating on the attempts of establishing legitimacy in the political sphere—while continuously being informed by historical influences. Methodologically, the paper examines primary sources, key academic texts but also factors in interview data from semi-structured interviews. Overall, the paper addresses the puzzle of why Libya as a predominantly Sunni, conservative country did not translate into a conservative Sunni movement like the LMB faring well; with that, derailing the impression that the whole region was “going Islamist” after the so-called Arab Spring. The LMB today is still influenced by the historical treatment it received under Qaddafi, which lead it to base itself mostly in exile, hence it struggled to entrench itself in the country. The LMB was pointed towards their opponents’ fearmongering of an alleged Islamist takeover, mostly without addressing self-inflicted wounds, such as their inability to unite or to convince major parts of the population of their political programme. Full article
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