Abdeslam E. M. Maghraoui

Abdeslam E. M. Maghraoui

Associate Professor of the Practice of Political Science

External Address: 
140 Science Drive, 275 Gross H, Box 90204, Durham, NC 27708
Internal Office Address: 
Box 90204, Durham, NC 27708-0204
(919) 660-4320
Comparative Politics, Political Institutions, Security, Peace, Conflict

Dr. Maghraoui is associate professor of the practice of political science. He is core faculty in the Duke Islamic Studies Center and Duke University Middle East Studies Center. His research focuses on the interactions between culture and politics in the context of Arab and Muslim majority countries. His work encompasses three overlapping areas of research: "political identity," "political institutions," and "political behavior and attitudes." His work on political identity investigates the tensions between the modern notion of citizenship and competing social identities in the Middle East. His research on institutions examines how autocratic Arab monarchies, which draw legitimacy from inherited tradition use modern institutions to reproduce non-democratic forms of domination. His work on political attitudes explores the tensions between conformity to group norms and the quest for individual autonomy among youths in predominantly Muslim societies. The common thread among these three areas of research is an exploration of the central role of language as a tool to assert identity, renew authoritarian relations, and claim individual autonomy. Professor Maghraoui's research addresses key political challenges facing states and societies in North Africa and the Middle East today. Among these are the questions of democratization, the role of religion in public life, youth empowerment, and governance.


  • Ph.D., Princeton University 1991
  • M.A., Princeton University 1985
  • B.A., University of California at Santa Cruz 1982

Maghraoui, A. "The King’s Islamists." The Islamists are Coming: Who they Really Are. Ed. R Wright. US Institute of Peace Press, 2012.

Maghraoui, A. "American Foreign Policy and Islamic Renewal." Conflict, Identity, and Reform in the Muslim World. Ed. D Brumberg and D Shehata. USIP Press, 2009.

Maghraoui, AEM. "The Political Economy of Structural Adjustment in Morocco." Economic Crisis and Political Change in North Africa. Ed. A Layachi. Greenwood Publishing Group, January 1, 1998.

Maghraoui, A. "The Perverse Effect of Good Governance: Lessons from Morocco." Middle East Policy 19.2 (June 2012): 49-65. Full Text

"Negotiating identity in the post-colonial Arab world: Clues from psychoanalytic theory." Journal of Mediterranean Studies 14.1-2 (December 1, 2004): 263-287.

Maghraoui, AEM. "Negotiating Political Identity: Clues from Psychoanalytic Theory." Journal of Mediterranean Studies 14.1 & 2 (2004).

Maghraoui, A. "Ambiguities of Sovereignty: Morocco, The Hague and the Western Sahara Dispute." Mediterranean Politics 8.1 (March 2003): 113-126. Full Text

"Depoliticization in Morocco." Journal of Democracy 13.4 (October 1, 2002): 24-32.

"Monarchy and political reform in Morocco." Journal of Democracy 12.1 (January 1, 2001): 73-86. (Review)

Maghraoui, AEM. "Mohammed Arkoun: Rethinking Islam, Common Questions, Uncommon Answers." The Arab Studies Journal 9.1 (2001). (Review)

Denoeux, G, and Maghraoui, A. "KING HASSAN'S STRATEGY OF POLITICAL DUALISM." Middle East Policy 5.4 (January 1998): 104-130. Full Text


Maghraoui, AEM. Country Report: Morocco. Freedom House, 2004.

Maghraoui, AEM. "Ducking the Arab Spring in Morcco." The Immanent Frame: Secularism, Religion, and the Public Sphere (Social Science Research Council Blog) (May 23, 2011). (Blog)

Maghraoui, AEM. "The Roots of the Egyptian Protests." Duke University Press Blog (January 31, 2011). (Blog)

"Political authority in crisis Mohammed VI's Morocco." Middle East Report 31.218 (March 1, 2001): 12-17.

Maghraoui, AEM. "Algeria's Battle of Two Languages." The Middle East Report 192 (1995).