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The Maghreb Review and Maghreb Studies Association Conference
To be held in Oxford on 13 and 14 September 2021 (Pandemic permitting)
Call for original papers
DEADLINED EXTENDED TO 21 JUNE
EMPIRES IN THE MIDDLE EAST AND THE MAGHREB: THE SHAPING OF HOPES AND PERSPECTIVES
The aim of this conference is to examine how European colonialism and great power rivalry in the Middle East and North Africa have shaped the perspectives of the peoples in these countries and their hopes for their future. Besides the European powers that established their colonial hegemony in these countries, the conference will also deal with the influence of countries, such as the United States of America and Germany, which extended their influence through diplomacy, financial and military aid, and education.
The chronological framework of the conference extends from the mid-eighteenth century, when the political leaders of the countries of the Middle East and North Africa became aware of the Europeans’ economic and military ascendency, through the building of European colonial empires in the nineteenth and early twentieth century, to the collapse at first of the western European colonial empires towards the middle of the twentieth century and then of the Soviet “empire” late in this century.
This theme, then, should invite original papers dealing with various aspects of the question of how colonial rule, and its demise, has shaped the perceptions of one another held by the colonial powers and the colonised peoples of the Middle East and North Africa. They should also deal, besides the influence the colonial structures had on the political systems that emerged in these countries, with debates and conflicts that came to the fore in them in the post-colonial period.
Special significance should be given to the means by which Muslims affirmed in this period their attachment to Islamic norms and pride in Islamic civilisation, and the challenge they posed to the creation of western systems of government in their countries. Related to this issue is the Westerners’ fear that the presence of growing numbers of Muslims in their countries would lead to the intrusion of Islamic political and family norms in their societies. An equally significant issue that should be dealt with is the prospect of the replacement of the authoritarian regimes that emerged in the countries of the Middle East and North Africa in the post-colonial period by truly democratic systems of government that promote the rule of law, freedom of discussion and the emergence of civil societies.
Proposal submission and Abstracts: The deadline for the submission of proposals and abstracts, which should be no more than 150 words, is 21 June 2021 All applicants will be told whether or not their proposal has been accepted by 12 July 2021
Abstracts can be submitted by email in Word format. Submissions should be by email to
Priority will be given to Maghreb Review International Editorial Board and members of The Maghreb Studies Association.
Proceedings of the conference: The organisers intend to publish the papers presented at this conference in The Maghreb Review, so it is a condition that speakers will subsequently submit their papers by end of December 2021.
1. If your proposal is selected, The Maghreb Review and The Maghreb Studies Association will provide your accommodation for 3 nights and lunch and dinner during the conference.
2. Proceedings of the conference: The papers presented at this conference will be published in The Maghreb Review, so it is a condition of proposal submission that speakers agree to supply a final version of their papers by the end of December 2021 for publication in The Maghreb Review in March 2022.
3. We do not allow papers to be read in absentia.
4. We hope to include up to 18 presentations, each lasting 30 minutes, for the two days conference.
Language: The conference will be in English or French
Our conference is progressing well and speakers will include distinguished scholars from the U.S.A, Europe, Azerbaijan, the Middle East and the Maghreb.
The following papers have been peer reviewed and selected for presentation at our conference.
1. QAJAR IRAN AT THE CENTER OF BRITISH-RUSSIAN CONFRONTATION IN THE 1820S
2. INDIGENOUS COLONIALISM IN THE MIDDLE EAST: FROM THE OTTOMAN EMPIRE TO MODERN TURKEY’S NEO OTTOMANIST AMBITIONS
3. LA FRANCE ET L’URSS DANS L’ALGÉRIE INDÉPENDANTE: IMPÉRIALISME OU INFLUENCE?
4. MOROCCO, ROMANCE AND MARRIAGE UNDER FRENCH ARMY’S CONSTANT CLOSE SURVEILLANCE DURING WORLD WAR II: AMBIGUOUS PERSPECTIVES
5. THE HISTORY AND POLITICS OF FRENCH INVOLVEMENT IN LEBANON (1860-2021)
6. UPROOTING WHAT THE FRENCH PLANTED: WINE, CULTURE AND IDENTITY IN COLONIAL ALGERIA
7. CHRISTIAN AND JEWISH COLONIALISM MEET: RE-EVALUATING THE ORIGINS OF THE BALFOUR DECLARATION
8. AT THE EDGE OF THE COLD WAR: GREAT POWER INTERVENTION IN LIBYA
9. LES JUIFS TUNISIENS PENDANT LA SECONDE GUERRE MONDIALE, DE LA COEXISTENCE À L’EXIL
10. PAN-ISLAMISM, ANTI-COLONIALISM AND TRANSIMPERIAL FLOWS OF IDEAS IN TUNISIA IN THE WAKE OF WW I
11. AFFLICTIONS AND AGENCY IN SIDI MUFADDAL AFAYLAL'S DIARY DURING THE SPANISH OCCUPATION OF TETOUAN (1860-62)
12. ANTI-SHARI’A “LAW” IN THE UNITED STATES
13. MOROCCO, THE COLONIAL HERITAGE: FRENCH LANGUAGE AND THE QUESTIONS OF IDENTITY, EDUCATION AND DEVELOPMENT IN MOROCCO TODAY
14. LA CONQUÊTE DE LA LIBYE COMME CROISADE (1911-1939)?
15. MIND THE GAP PLEASE: TOWARDS AN INTERNATIONAL HISTORICAL SOCIOLOGY OF DIPLOMACY IN THE FIRST MOROCCAN CRISIS 1904 – 1906
16. ENCOUNTERS OF WAR AND THE MAKING OF THE MOROCCAN-ALGERIAN BORDERLAND