Institute for Social Science Research on Algeria


Amel Boubekeur

Co-founder and co-director of ISSRA

Amel Boubekeur is the co-director and co-founder of ISSRA. She is a sociologist at the Ecole des Hautes Etudes en Sciences Sociales. Her research focuses on the political scenes of the Maghreb, Euro-Arab relations and Islam in Europe. She worked as a researcher at the European Council for Foreign Relations, the Doha Institute for Graduate Studies, the German Institute for International and Security Affairs, the Brookings Doha Center, the Carnegie Middle East Center and the Center for European Policy Studies. She was a visiting scholar at the University of Chicago and the Center for Maghreb Studies in Tunis.

Amel Boubekeur is the author of three books and around forty articles (including in peer-reviewed journals Contemporary Islam, Mediterranean Politics, The Journal of North African Studies, The Year of the Maghreb, Archives en Sciences Sociales des Religions, History of Religions, etc). She is a member of the Scientific Committee of the Journal of Law, Society and Power (in Arabic) and she was previously a member of the Editorial Board of the journal Politics, Religion & Ideology.

She has been teaching at the Ecole Normale Superieure and the Stanford Center in Paris. She has consulted for several international organizations including the UN and the IDRC. Her contributions are regularly published by the written press (Le Monde, Foreign Policy, etc.) and featured in international media (CNN, BBC, France 24, Al Jazeera, etc.)

Contemporary Maghreb (Morocco, Algeria, Tunisia)
The politicization of religion
Political economy
Sociology of engagement and social movements
Islam in France
Boubekeur, Amel, « Demonstration effects : How the Hirak is reshaping Algerian politics », ECFR Policy brief, February 2020.
Boubekeur, Amel, “Listen to the street: The new Algerian transition”,
ECFR commentary, November 2019.
Boubekeur, Amel, «Islamic business and Muslim Entrepreneurs networks in Europe: performing transnational modernity and overcoming marginalization” in Contemporary Islam, Vol 10, no. 3, 2016.
Boubekeur, Amel « Islamists, Secularists and Old Regime Elites in Tunisia: bargained Competition » in Mediterranean Politics, 21:1, 107-127
Boubekeur, Amel, Olivier Roy (ed.), Whatever happened to the Islamists ? Salafism, Heavy Metal Muslims and the Lure of Consumerist Islam, New York/London, Columbia/Hurst, 2012