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Wael Saleh

Wael Saleh completed his thesis in Applied Human Sciences (Political Science and Islamic Studies) at the Université de Montréal in 2017. His thesis focused on the continuities, evolutions and ruptures in the conception of the state through the prism of the link between the religious and the political in modern and contemporary Egyptian thought. He is co-founder and director of the Institute for Post-Spring Arab Studies (IEPPA). Wael Saleh’s research interests include the history and geopolitics of religio-political ideas in the Arab world; contemporary Egypt; political Islam; epistemological and methodological issues of violence in the name of Islam, identities and conflicts in the Middle East; analysis of media and academic works on the Arab world.

He is co-founder of the Interdisciplinary Observatory of Islamist Movements (OIMI) at the CRC-IPG (Canada Research Chair Islam, Pluralism and Globalization), Université de Montréal; and associate researcher at the Observatory on the Middle East and North Africa, Raoul-Dandurand Chair in Strategic and Diplomatic Studies, Université du Québec à Montréal.

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Epistemological and methodological issues in studies on violence in the name of Islam (Montreal)

This group aims to provide food for thought on the following questions: Are the available conceptual and epistemological methods and tools adequate enough to decipher the specific and complex discourses, practices and developments related to the use of violence in the name of Islam? Isn’t new research imperative to enrich our understanding of this phenomenon, to redress perspectives, to fill current gaps and to deconstruct widespread prejudices?

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Violence and Jihad in Islam: From the War of Words to the Clashes of Definitions

  • Mohamed-Ali Mostfa

This article explores the phenomena of violence and jihad in three parts: their emergence and trajectory in the Qur’anic text, their meanings, and their entanglement with the religious cause. The o...


Violence in Early Islam. Religious Narratives, the Arab Conquests and the Canonization of Jihad

  • Marco Demichelis

Presentation: The concept of jihad holds a prominent place in Islamic thought and history. Beyond its spiritual meanings, the term has historically been associated with the sweeping Arab-Believers ...


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...


The evolution of terrorism from Al Qaeda to ISIS: organization, methodology and profiles

  • Alberto Priego Moreno

Original title : "La evolución del terrorismo de Al Qaeda al ISIS: organización, metodología y perfiles" Abstract In the last 25 years international terrorism has evolved significantly. The e...


Religious Violence, Political Ends

  • Marco Demichelis

Since antiquity, religious violence based on political motives has been and remains a common practice: the atrocities committed by the Roman Empire against the first Christian communities were quic...


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...


Fundamentalism, Extremism, Fanaticism and Religious Terrorism. An effort at Clarification

  • Alberto Priego Moreno

Original title: "Fundamentalismo, extremismo, fanatismo y terrorismo religioso. una clarificación de los conceptos" Abstract In recent years, we have witnessed an increase in terrorist ac...