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Abdeslam E. Maghraoui, Associate Professor of the Practice

Abdeslam E. Maghraoui
Contact Info:
Office Location:  140 Science Drive, 275 Gross H, Box 90204, Durham, NC 27708
Office Phone:  (919) 660-4300
Email Address:  

Teaching (Fall 2022):

    Old Chem 101, TuTh 10:15 AM-11:30 AM
Office Hours:

Wednesday & Friday 12:00-2:00 or by appointment

Ph.D., Princeton University, 1991
MA, Princeton University, 1986
M.A., Princeton University, 1985
BA (College Honors, Honors in Major), UC Santa Cruz, 1982
B.A., University of California - Santa Cruz, 1982

Comparative Politics
Political Institutions
Security, Peace, & Conflict
Research Interests: Politics, culture/religion, social norms, Middle East

Current projects: I conduct survey experiments on individual and group attitudes toward the violation of religious norms in majority Muslim countries

Dr. Maghraoui is associate professor of the practice of political science. He is core faculty in the Duke Islamic Studies Center and Duke University Middle East Studies Center. His research focuses on the interactions between culture and politics in the context of Arab and Muslim majority countries. His work encompasses three overlapping areas of research: "political identity," "political institutions," and "political behavior and attitudes." His work on political identity investigates the tensions between the modern notion of citizenship and competing social identities in the Middle East. His research on institutions examines how autocratic Arab monarchies, which draw legitimacy from inherited tradition use modern institutions to reproduce non-democratic forms of domination. His work on political attitudes explores the tensions between conformity to group norms and the quest for individual autonomy among youths in predominantly Muslim societies. The common thread among these three areas of research is an exploration of the central role of language as a tool to assert identity, renew authoritarian relations, and claim individual autonomy. Professor Maghraoui's research addresses key political challenges facing states and societies in North Africa and the Middle East today. Among these are the questions of democratization, the role of religion in public life, youth empowerment, and governance.

Areas of Interest:

Political Identity, Institutions, Attitudes & Behavior

Curriculum Vitae
Representative Publications   (More Publications)

  1. Maghraoui, A, The Perverse Effect of Good Governance: Lessons from Morocco, edited by Council, MEP, Middle East Policy, vol. 19 no. 2 (Summer, 2012), pp. 49-65, WILEY [perverse-effect-good-governance-lessons-morocco], [doi] .
  2. Maghraoui, A, The King’s Islamists, in The Islamists are Coming: Who they Really Are, edited by Wright, R (2012), US Institute of Peace Press [morocco-the-king%E2%80%99s-islamists] .
  3. Maghraoui, A, American Foreign Policy and Islamic Renewal, in Conflict, Identity, and Reform in the Muslim World, edited by Brumberg, D; Shehata, D (2009), USIP Press [conflict-identity-and-reform-in-the-muslim-world] .
  4. Abdeslam Maghraoui, Liberalism without Democracy: Nationhood and Citizenship in Egypt, 1922-1936 (Duke University Press) (2006), Duke University Press [ViewProduct.php] .

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