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, Abdeslam. Liberalism without Democracy: Nationhood and Citizenship in Egypt, 1922-1936. Duke University Press, 2006.

Maghraoui, Abdeslam. “The King’s Islamists.” The Islamists Are Coming: Who They Really Are, edited by Robin Wright, US Institute of Peace Press, 2012.

Maghraoui, Abdeslam. “American Foreign Policy and Islamic Renewal.” Conflict, Identity, and Reform in the Muslim World, edited by Daniel Brumberg and Dina Shehata, USIP Press, 2009.

Maghraoui, A. E. M. “The Political Economy of Structural Adjustment in Morocco.” Economic Crisis and Political Change in North Africa, edited by Azzedine Layachi, Greenwood Publishing Group, 1998.

Maghraoui, A. “The Perverse Effect of Good Governance: Lessons from Morocco.” Middle East Policy, vol. 19, no. 2, June 2012, pp. 49–65. Scopus, doi:10.1111/j.1475-4967.2012.00535.x. Full Text

Maghraoui, A. “Negotiating identity in the post-colonial Arab world: Clues from psychoanalytic theory.” Journal of Mediterranean Studies, vol. 14, no. 1–2, Dec. 2004, pp. 263–87.

Maghraoui, Abdeslam E. M. “Démocratisation de la corruption: Autorité politique et rèforme au Maroc.” Naqd, Dec. 2004, pp. 105–26.

Maghraoui, Abdeslam E. M. “Negotiating Political Identity: Clues from Psychoanalytic Theory.” Journal of Mediterranean Studies, vol. 14, no. 1 & 2, 2004.

Maghraoui, A. “Ambiguities of sovereignty: Morocco, the Hague and the Western Sahara dispute.” Mediterranean Politics, vol. 8, no. 1, Jan. 2003, pp. 113–26. Scopus, doi:10.1080/13629390308010005. Full Text

Maghraoui, A. M. “Depoliticization in Morocco.” Journal of Democracy, vol. 13, no. 4, Oct. 2002, pp. 24–32.

Maghraoui, A. M. “Monarchy and political reform in Morocco.” Journal of Democracy, vol. 12, no. 1, Jan. 2001, pp. 73–86.

Maghraoui, A. E. M. “Mohammed Arkoun: Rethinking Islam, Common Questions, Uncommon Answers.” The Arab Studies Journal, vol. 9, no. 1, 2001.

Denoeux, G., and A. Maghraoui. “King Hassan's strategy of political dualism.” Middle East Policy, vol. 5, no. 4, Jan. 1998, pp. 104–30. Scopus, doi:10.1111/j.1475-4967.1998.tb00372.x. Full Text


Maghraoui, A. E. M. American Foreign Policy and Islamic Renewal. 2006.

Maghraoui, A. E. M. Country Report: Morocco. Freedom House, 2004.

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

Maghraoui, A. E. M. “The Roots of the Egyptian Protests.” Duke University Press Blog, 31 Jan. 2011.

Maghraoui, A. “Political authority in crisis Mohammed VI's Morocco.” Middle East Report, vol. 31, no. 218, 1 Mar. 2001, pp. 12–17.

Maghraoui, A. E. M. “Algeria's Battle of Two Languages.” The Middle East Report, no. 192, 1995.