Tuesday, February 13, 2018 at 4:30pm to 6:00pm
Morrill Hall, 404
Many studies of Islamist movements over the past decades have focused on the study of individual groups. This approach brings important insights in terms of what might be called the lifecycle of movements: how they form, how they attract members, how they evolve over time, what are the goals and core ideology, whether the movement succeeds or fails, and how it changes over time and generations. An alternative approach is to focus on other issue areas and topics, such as political protests, gender politics, or environmental issues. In this presentation, I will discuss the ways in which my earlier research on the Muslim Brotherhood in Jordan, and its political party the Islamic Action Front, compares with my more recent research on protest in Jordan, in which Islamist actors are major participants. Shifting the focus from the study of an Islamist movement per se to a different field or arena of activity in which Islamists emerge and disappear along with numerous other actors, has raised important insights for me that I had never recognized even after years of studying the movement.
Jillian Schwedler is a Professor of Political Science at Hunter College and the City University of New York Graduate Center