As part of its wider efforts to bring the attention of the social sciences and humanities to the pressing needs of Arab societies, the ACRPS will be holding an Academic Symposium on October 6 and 7, 2012 in Doha, Qatar,  to examine "Islamists and Democratic Governance: Experiences and Future Directions".

With the spread of revolutions across the Arab countries, the participation of Islamist political movements in democratic processes is no longer restricted to hypothetical guessing games: it is now open to socio-political experimentation. This new reality, labored as it is with the baggage of previous theoretical discussions, has come to define the transitional stages of those Arab countries in which the revolutions have succeeded (or it is at least likely to do so).

Participants in the Symposium, will address the following questions in detail: 

  1. Pre-revolutionary political alliances and participation: Researching, analyzing and evaluating past experiences
  2. Making deals: Islamists, political alliances and political participation in re-born Arab societies
  3. Salafism and Parliamentary Salafism: Observed in societies in flux in changing societies
  4. Islamists and questions of citizenship in democratic systems
  5. Islamists and the Palestinian Question; the international and regional arenas

In addition to scholars attending to share their research at the meeting, the symposium will also play a host to a number of active politicians who want to share their experiences of operating in Arab politics.

The symposium itself has the declared aim of facilitating greater communication between academics and political Islamists in the Arab countries, in the hope of fostering good governance and the values of democracy and freedom within the Arab nation.