We tend to think of identity politics as merely another form of social control and mobilization. What most people forget: Anything referring to your identity tries to shape your very core, the person you are, wish to be and are perceived as. Continue reading Colonizing your conception of “self”
When the events of the Arab Spring started, observers were keen to point out the lack of involvement from Islamist groups. Yes, they were the main opposition group in countries like Tunisia and Egypt for decades, but it seemed like there were as much taken by surprise as the respective regimes. Continue reading How do religious identities explain the success of Islamist parties in Tunisia and Egypt after the Arab Spring?