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The Salafis, Politics and the Revolution in Yemen

  • 208 Knox Hall, Columbia University 606 West 122nd Street New York, NY, 10027 United States (map)

A lecture by Laurent Bonnefoy
Moderated by Professor Brinkley Messick.

Since the early 1980s, Salafism in Yemen has developed as a mostly apolitical movement. Yet, the revolutionary process that emerged in 2011 is changing much of its face in the country and fostering deep recompositions in the Islamist field. This lecture will analyze these changes and concentrate on showing why this political movement matters beyond issues of counter-terrorism. 

Laurent Bonnefoy (PhD), born in 1980, is a researcher in political science at the Institut Français du Proche-Orient (IFPO) based in Palestine. Building on four years spent in Yemen, his research focuses primarily on contemporary religious identities in the Arabian Peninsula. He is the author of Salafism in Yemen. Transnationalism and Religious Identity (Columbia University Press, 2012). 

Co-sponsored by the Middle East Institute and the Alliance Program.