The Center for Contemporary Arab Studies presents
The Stumbling Democracy in the Middle East:
Challenges and Prospects
featuring Aseel Alawadhi
Visiting Researcher, Center for Contemporary Arab Studies; Assistant Professor, Kuwait University
After the attacks of September 11, democratization in the Middle East became a demand for national security. Attempts were made in Western academia to reconcile Islam and Muslim societies with political liberalism and democracy, while foreign policy makers supported the efforts by “moderate Islamists” to replace authoritarian regimes with democratic governance. In this lecture, Dr. Alawadhi will assess the prospects for democratization in the Middle East, and examine the validity of the dichotomy between “Islamic Liberalism” and “non-secular democracy”.
Aseel Alawadhi is Assistant Professor at Kuwait University and former member of the Kuwaiti Parliament. She received her PhD in Philosophy from the University of Texas at Austin, where she wrote her dissertation on Islamic liberalism. Dr. Alawadhi is on sabbatical leave from Kuwait University for the year, and is working on a book project on the Kuwaiti model of democracy. Her book focuses on the Kuwaiti political system; the socio-political structure of Kuwaiti society, culture, and mentality; and the challenges that they present to democracy as she experienced them during her time as a member of parliament.
Elisabeth Sexton, CCAS Public Affairs Coordinator
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