Daten zum Projekt

The socioeconomic dimension of Islamist radicalization in Egypt and Tunisia (additional funding for refugee scholars)

Initiative: Transformationsprozesse in der arabischen Welt
Ausschreibung: Staat, Gesellschaft und Wirtschaft im Wandel – Multilateral-kooperative Forschungsvorhaben im arabischen Raum
Bewilligung: 24.01.2017
Laufzeit: 1 Jahr 6 Monate


The proposed research module aims to investigate and understand the socioeconomic causes of Islamist radicalism and political violence in Egypt and Tunisia after the Arab uprisings. Given the short time frame and existing constraints on field research, key methods applied include a systematic review of the existing scholarship, a statistical analysis of relevant data as well as expert interviews. Since the main project to which this module will be added is analyzing the dynamics of non-violent socioeconomic contention in Egypt and Tunisia, the proposed module's focus on the socioeconomic roots is well in line with the overall focus of this project, while the interest in Islamist actors and violent resistance, at the same time, adds a dimension that is, so far, not addressed by the project.


  • Dr. Irene Weipert-Fenner

    Hessische Stiftung Friedens- und
    Research Department Governance and Societal Peace
    Frankfurt am Main