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Rachad Antonius

Rachad Antonius was a full professor in the Department of Sociology at the Université du Québec à Montréal until December 2020. He retired in January 2021. He is currently an associate professor in the same department. He holds a Ph.D. in Sociology and a Master’s degree in Mathematics.

Areas of specialization: quantitative methods, contemporary Arab societies, political conflicts in the Middle East (especially the Israeli-Palestinian conflict), Arab revolts, political Islam, Arab and Muslim minorities in Canada, racism and discrimination.

Many of his publications can be found on the website Les classiques des sciences sociales and on the website of the Institut d’études internationales de Montréal (IEIM).


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The Mihna. Deconstruction and reconsideration of the Mu’tazilite role in the “Inquisition

  • Marco Demichelis

Abstract The Miḥna has usually been attributed to the Mu‘tazilite theological school as expression of something unusual, a bid‘ah (Islamic innovation) related to a rationalist group of theologia...


The (neo) Muslim Brothers and the new capitalist spirit

  • Haoues Seniguer



The Theory of Inclusion / Moderation as a Gate to Islamic Populism: The Case of the Muslim Brotherhood (Egypt, Palestine, Jordan and Syria)

  • Alberto Priego Moreno

Original title : La Teoría de la Inclusión/Moderación como puerta hacia el Populismo Islámico: El caso de los Hermanos Musulmanes (Egipto, Palestina, Jordania y Siria) Abstract In the last deca...


What power does religion have? Questions for Christianity and Islam

  • Tobias Specker

Das Thema „Religion und Macht“ ist umfangreicher als die Frage nach dem Verhältnis der Religion zum Staat und zu demokratischen Strukturen. Im Namen Gottes wird in menschliches Leben eingegriffen, ...


Salafist Islam, despotism and modernity according to Abdel-Jawâd Yassine

  • Samir Arbache

Original title : "Islam salafiste, despotisme et modernité d'après Abdel-Jawâd Yassine" The societies of the Middle East remain more marked than elsewhere by the omnipresence of the religious fa...


The “jinsiyya” obsession and the Muwatana veil: the constitutional politics of citizenship in the 21st century

Conference of Gianluca PAROLIN the Second PLURIEL International Congress in Rome. Nation-states have added a further level of complexity to the multiple dimensions of belonging: that of (national)...


Controversy over the perception and status of the other (wala and bara)

  • Emmanuel Pisani

Lecture by Emmanuel PISANI, during the Second International Congress of PLURIEL in Rome The concepts of wala and bara [loyalty/friendship – disloyalty/enmity] have led to the development of a theo...


Membership in the ummah: topicality, ambiguities and issues

Conference of Ghaleb BENCHEIKH, Chairman of the World Conference of Religions for Peace and president of the Fondation de l'islam de France