CMEPF: Transnational Islamic Mobilisations

For the final CMEPF meeting of term, Mathilde Zederman (PhD candidate, Department of Politics and International Studies, SOAS) will be speaking together with Margot Dazey (PhD candidate, Department of Politics and International Studies, Cambridge) on the theme of Transnational Islamic mobilisations.

Tuesday, 8th March: 1700 – 1900, Alison Richard Building (Sidgwick site)

Introductory Article: Valerie Amiraux, ‘Turkish Political Islam and Europe: Story of an Opportunistic Intimacy’

Research Presentation: ‘Islamic Opposition Movements in diasporic contexts: Solidarités tunisiennes and CODE Égypte in France’

Presentation Abstract: To what extent Western European states provide Islamic opposition actors with new opportunities and constraints for political expression? How are homeland opposition politics displayed and reworked within diasporic political scenes? Building on two in-depth case-studies, Solidarités tunisiennes and CODE Égypte, this paper seeks to explore the micro-politics of Islamic opposition mobilisations stretching across borders. Set up in France after repressive events in home countries (following Ben Ali’s repression against Ennahda in Tunisia in the 1990s and after military crackdown on the Muslim Brotherhood during Rabaa events in 2013 for the Egyptian case), both Solidarités tunisiennes and CODE Égypte articulate democratic claims, Islamic markers and national references tightly. Investigating their discourses and practices might enable us to disentangle the distinctive frames, political agendas and activist careers of ‘long-distance Islamic actors’.


Mathilde Zederman is a second-year doctoral candidate in the Department of Politics and International Studies at SOAS under the supervision of Fiona Adamson and Charles Tripp. Her research focuses on the Tunisian diasporic political field in France since the 1960s. She graduated from SOAS and pursued another MPhil in Paris at the EHESS. Her previous research focused on the relationship between bourguibism and Islamism in Tunisia.

Margot Dazey is a PhD candidate in Politics and International Studies at the University of Cambridge and is interested in Islamic revivalist networks in France. Previously, she studied Social and Political Sciences at the École Normale Supérieure, Paris, Arabic language at the National Institute of Oriental Languages and Civilizations, and also holds a MPhil in Middle Eastern History from the Université Paris 1 Panthéon-Sorbonne.