Michele Brignone is the scientific secretary of the Oasis International Foundation and managing editor of the homonymous journal. He holds a Ph.D. in History, Institutions and International Relations of Extra-European Countries (University of Pisa, Italy). Since 2010 he has been Adjunct Professor of Arabic Language at the Catholic University of Milan. His research interests focus on modern and contemporary Islamic political thought and intellectual history.
Social Movements and Political Change in the Middle East and North Africa
The course introduces students to social movements and social mobilization in the MENA region (Middle East and North Africa) by focusing especially on three country-cases (Algeria, Tunisia, Egypt). It discusses the evolution of contentious politics in Algeria from 1988 to 2019 and addresses the 2010-2011 uprisings in Tunisia and Algeria, analysing their historical precedents, the role and limits of new media and old and new patterns of political and religious activism.
Glossay in Arabic 2
This course sets out to introduce the major conceptual categories in modern and contemporary Arab and Islamic thought, focusing in particular on the political vocabulary, its semantic dimension and the symbolic associations it engenders. At the end of the course the student will be able to properly locate concepts such as ‘Islamic state’, ‘caliph’, ‘jihad’, ‘muwatana’ (citizenship)’, ‘civil state’ etc., which are essential to the understanding of contemporary Middle East. No previous knowledge of Arabic is required.