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Barbara  Zollner

Lecturer in Middle East Politics

Research interests

  • Political trends in the Middle East and North Africa
  • Social movements, particularly Islamist movements
  • Political Parties in the Middle East and their links to social movements
  • Political networks with particular interest in the resource mobilisation and framing processes
  • Human rights and gender debates

Areas of research supervision

  • Islamism and Islamist movements: organisational structures, strategies, 'ideological' positions, attitudes towards the state
  • authoritarianism and democratisation in states of the Near and Middle East
  • social movements and political parties in the Middle East
  • discourses on human rights and gender issues.
  • If you are interested in pursuing research in any of these areas, you should first read our advice on how to apply for MPhil/PhD research before submitting an application.

Activities in professional organisations

Recent publications and papers

Books

The Muslim Brotherhood: Hasan al-Hudaybi and Ideology, Routledge Series in Political Islam, Abington and New York: Routledge, 2007 [paperback and e-copy 2011].

Book Chapters

‘Does Participation Lead to Moderation? Understanding Changes in Egyptian Islamist Parties Post-Arab Spring’, in Rivetti, Paola and Kraetzschmar, Hendrik eds. Islamists and the Politics of the Arab Uprisings: Governance, Pluralisation and Contention. Edinburgh: Edinburg University Press, 2017 (forthcoming).

‘The Muslim Brotherhood in Transition’, in Lintl, Peter; Thuselt, Christian and Wolff, Christian eds. Religiöse Bewegungen als politische Akteure. Berlin: Nomos, 2016, pp. 43-70.

‘Opening to Reform: al-Hudaybi’s Legacy’, in: Roel Meijer and Edwin Bakker eds. The Muslim Brotherhood in Europe: Transnationalization and Localization of an Islamic Movement, London: Hurst & Co, 2012, pp. 273-294.

‘Islamic Jihad, the Group’, in: Gerhard Böwering, Patricia Crone and Wadad Kadi eds. The Princeton Encyclopaedia of Islamic Political Thought, Princeton: Princeton University Press, 2012, pp. 262-263.

‘The Muslim Brotherhood’, in: Shahram Akbarzadeh ed. Routledge Handbook on Political Islam, New York and London: Routledge, 2011, pp. 51-61.

‘Mithliyyun or Lutiyyun? Neo-orthodoxy and the Debate on the Unlawfulness of Same-Sex Relations in Islam’, in: Samar Habib ed. Homosexuality and Islam, Westwood: Praeger, 2010, pp. 193-221.

Journal Articles and Shorter Pieces

‘The Metamorphosis of Social Movements into Political Parties during Democratic Transition Processes. A Comparison of Egyptian and Tunisian Movements and Parties’, [submitted for review; 2017].

‘Written Evidence to the Foreign Affairs Committee's Enquiry on Political Islam’, Foreign Affairs Committee (10 May 2016), available at https://www.parliament.uk/business/committees/committees-a-z/commons-select/foreign-affairs-committee/inquiries1/parliament-2015/political-islam-15-16/publications/

‘The Muslim Brotherhood: Evolution of an Islamist Movement by Carrie Rosefsky Wickham, in Bustan: The Middle East Book Review, 6/2, 2015, pp. 174-178.

‘Answering the Call: Popular Islamic Activism in Sadat’s Egypt by Abdallah al-Arian’, in: The Middle East Journal, 69/1, 2015, pp. 440-441.

‘Who Wants Democracy in Egypt, in openDemocracy, available at https://www.opendemocracy.net/barbara-zollner/who-wants-democracy-in-egypt

'An Islamic State in Egypt? The Muslim Brotherhood and the Presidential Elections', available at http://divinity.uchicago.edu/sightings/islamic-state-egypt-muslim-brotherhood-and-presidential-elections-barbara-zollner

‘Muraji‘aat: Egypt’s Pact with Radical Islam’, in Arches Quarterly 3/5, 2010, pp. 89-95.

Muslim Theologians and Scholars: Moderate and Progressive Voices, Policy Report for the Foreign and Commonwealth Office: London, 2008.

‘Prison Talk. The Muslim Brotherhood’s Internal Struggle During the Period of ‘Abdel Nasir’s Persecution, 1954 to 1971, in: International Journal of Middle East Studies 39/3, 2007, pp. 411-433.

CONFERENCES/ WORKSHOPS/ INVITED LECTURES (since 2008)

‘Does Participation Lead to Moderation? Understanding Changes in Egyptian Islamist Parties post-Coup Egypt, Friedrich-Alexander-University Erlangen-Nürnberg: Region(s), Religion(s), Regime(s): The Interplay of Politics and Religion in East Asia and the Middle East, Erlangen, 3-4 November 2016.

‘The Transition of Social Movements into Political Parties in Egypt since the 2011 Uprising’, Pembroke College, Oxford: Politics in Egypt since the Fall of Mubarak, 28 October 2016.

‘From Bad to Good or from Bad to Worse: The Metamorphosis of Social Movements into Political Parties in Egypt and Tunisia’, ISA Annual Convention: Politics and the Good Life, Brighton, 21-23 March 2016.

‘The Metamorphosis of Social Movements into Political Parties during Democratic Transition Processes. A Comparison of Egyptian and Tunisian Movements and Parties’, ISA Annual Convention: Exploring Peace, Atlanta, 16-19 March 2016.

The Muslim Brotherhood and the West amidst the Arab Spring’, Queen Mary University: The Muslim Brotherhood and the West: Historical Perspectives and Contemporary Analysis, London, 1 July 2015.

‘Expert Panel: Political Islam’, Birkbeck College: IAPPS World Congress 2015: The Politics of Conflict and Cooperation, London, April 2015.

‘Expert Panel: Political Dynamics of the Middle East: Four Years After the Arab Spring’, Birkbeck College: IAPPS World Congress 2015: The Politics of Conflict and Cooperation, London, April 2015.

‘Social Movements and Democratic Transition: Egypt and Tunisia’, LSE: Contentious Politics Workshop, London, 5 March 2015.

‘Panel Discussion: Examining the Principal Orientation of the Brotherhood towards Violence, Extremism and Radicalisation’, Cordoba Foundation: Islam and Democracy: Exploring the Strategies of Political Islam and the Muslim Brotherhood’s Contribution, February 2015.

‘Social Movement Theory: Islamists in Democratization Processes’, ISA Annual Convention: Global IR and Regional Worlds, New Orleans, 18-21 March 2015.

‘The Muslim Brotherhood: from Party to Prison. What’s Next?’, London Metropolitan University: Democracy Redefined, London, 23 April 2014.

‘Democracy and Political Islam’, Critical Platform: Democracy and Sharia. Mutually Exclusive or Mutually Misunderstood?, Queen Mary University, 29 April 2014.

‘Islamic Law and Homosexuality’, Workshop: The Global Politics of LGBT Rights, Rules and Responses, Centre for Global Constitutionalism, University St. Andrews by, St. Andrews, 4 April 2014.

‘Middle East Regional Power Balance’, event: Resurgence of Russia and China. Implications on the Greater Middle East and the Wider Islamic World, organised by Institute of Islamic Strategic and Socio-Political Affairs; Houses of Lords, 2 April 2014.

‘Opening to Reform: al-Hudaybi’s Legacy’, Workshop: The Muslim Brotherhood, Clingendael Institute for International Relations, The Hague, December 2009.

‘The Muslim Brotherhood: the Legacy of the Prison Years’, MESA Annual Conference, Boston, 22-25 November 2009.

 

Education

  • MA Islamic Studies,  Rheinischen-Friedrich-Wilhelms-Universität Bonn
  • PhD Near and Middle Eastern Studies, SOAS

Barbara Zollner

Contact details

Tel: +44 (0) 20 7631 6784
Email: b.zollner@bbk.ac.uk

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