Islamism, democracy and political violence in the Arab World: The Hamas challenge

Two-day workshop organised by the Democracy and Islam Programme,

Centre for the Study of Democracy, University of Westminster

25 – 26 October 2007

The Pavilion,

First Floor, University of Westminster,

115 New Cavendish Street, London W1W 6UW

(Nearest Tube Station: Goodge Street)



Thursday 25 October

09.00-09.20: Arrival and registration

09.20: Welcome remarks by Dr Simon Joss, Director of CSD

09.300-11.00: Session One

Chair: Dr Dibyesh Anand, CSD

Islamists, democracy and the question of legitimate violence: the Hamas challenge:

Concept paper presented by Abdelwahab El-Affendi, CSD

Discussants: Amr Hamzawy, Carnegie Endowment; Dr Kamal Helbawi, UK; Dr. Robert Springborg, SOAS;

11.00-11.15: Coffee Break

11.15-13.00: Session Two

Chair: Professor John Keane, CSD

Theory and practice: the rhetorical contrasts between al-Banna and Maududi, and their practical consequences

Sheikh Rachid al-Ghannoushi, Tunisia; Dr Saad Elkatatny, MP (Egypt); Dr Bobby Sayyid, Universit of Leeds.

13.00-14.00: Lunch break

14.00-15.30: Session Three

Chair: Dr Bj?rn Olav Utvik, University of Oslo

Jihadists and mainstream Islamists: mutual critiques

Abd al-Majid Manasra, Algeria; Abd al-Bari Atwan, Al-Quds, London; Radwan Masmoudi, CSID, US

15.30-17.00: Session Four

Chair: Maria Holt, CSD

The Hamas experiment: an aberration or the confirmation of a tendency?

Speakers: Dr Azzam Tamimi, IIPT; Alaistair Crook, Conflicts Forum; Khalid Hroub, Cambridge Arab Media Project

17.10:18.30: Session Five:

Chair: Dr Amr Hamzawy

Reassessing Sayyid Qutb: myth and reality in the “Qutb connection”

Dr Amr El-Shobaky, Al-Ahram; Dr Nasir al-Sani’, Kuwait; Mr Adil Salahi, UK


Friday 26 October

09.00-10:30: Session Six

Chair: Dr Radwan Masmoudi, CSID, Washington DC

Keynote Speeches: Islamism and the prospects for peaceful politics

Dr Saad al-Uthmani, Justice and Development Party, Morocco

Dr Saad El-Katatny, Egypt

10.30-12.00: Concluding session

Chair: Dr Abdelwahab El-Affendi

Speakers: Dr Robert Springbrog; Dr Radwan Masmoudi; Dr Bobby Sayyid; Dr Laith Kubba, Dr Bj?rn Olav Utvik, Sheikh Rachid al-Ghannoushi,