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Tunisia and Italy

Politics and Religious Integration in the Mediterranean



Samir Abdelhafidh, PhD
Dr. Samir Abdelhafidh is a professor in economics at the Faculty of Economics and Management of Tunis (University of Tunis El Manar), where he is also the head of the Department of Economics since 2017. He received his PhD in 2003 from the University of Nice Sophia-Antipolis in France. He taught undergraduate and graduate courses in economics at several Tunisian universities. He also collaborates with the University of Palermo, where he taught the course  Economics and Immigration.

His main fields of interest are international development economics with a specific emphasis on issues related external debt and international migration. He has published several papers in indexed journals and participated in many international conferences.

Alaya Allani, PhD
Dr. Alaya Allani is a historian and researcher at the Faculty of Letters, Arts and Humanities, Manouba University, Tunis, Tunisia. His research interests include political Islam and Salafism in North Africa, protest movements in Tunisia, and international relations. He has published numerous books and articles on Islamism in Tunisia in Arabic, French, and English such as “Radicalisation in North Africa and in Europe: Evolution and Perspective” (French, 2015): “Terrorism in MENA Region after Arab Spring” (English, 2014), and “Islamists in Tunisia between confrontation and Participation: 1980-2008” The Journal of North African Studies volume 14, Number 2, June 2009 (English).

Imed Bouslama, PhD
Dr. Imed Bouslama teaches modern American and Tunisian history and the Higher Institute of Human Sciences of Tunis, University of Tunis El Manar. He is particularly interested in foreign policies and geopolitics. He has published extensively on these issues, namely “The Culture of Grave Missions: The illusion of intercultural dialogue,” (2012), “Perceptions and Reality in Peacemaking in the Middle East” (1989-2001), and “If History is a Teacher: The Philadelphia Constitutional Convention and the Tunisian Constitutional Assembly.” He received a Fulbright Research grant at George Washington University in 1993, and a senior Fulbright grant at the University of Berkeley (2012).

Asma Nouira, PhD
Dr. Asma Nouira has a PhD in political science. She specialized in law and Islamic studies, with emphasis on the state and Islam. She is an assistant professor of law and political science at the Faculty of Law, Economics, and Management at Jendouba University. She is a member of Unité de Recherche “État, Société et Culture” and “Groupe de Recherche Islamo-Chrétien” and author of Le Mufti de la République, la fonction et l’institution (2000) and Responses to Wahhabism in the 19th Century (2008).

Hamadi Redissi
Hamadi Redissi is a professor of public law and political science at the University of Tunis. He was a visiting scholar at Yale University in 2008 and at Fordham University in 1999. He has been a Fulbright scholarship recipient and has lectured at American universities (Yale, Fordham University, Colorado College, Loyola University, and the American Academy of Arts and Science in Boston). He is the author of L’exception Islamique, 2004; Les Politiques en Islam: Le Prophète, le Roi et le Savant, 1998; and Religion and Politics: Islam and Muslim Civilization (with Jan-Erik Lane), 2004. He recently published a book on the history of Wahhabism and in 2008 co-edited a collection of manuscripts refuting Wahhabism in nineteenth-century Beirut.