Institute for Social Science Research on Algeria


Rachid Ouaissa

Professor of Political Science, Philipps University of Marburg

Rachid Ouaissa is professor of Maghreb and Middle East politics at the Center for Near and Middle East Studies at Philipps University in Marburg. He obtained a Ph.D. in political science in 2004 under the supervision of Hartmut Elsenhans.

His fields of research are political, economic, and societal transformations in the Near and Middle East since the 19th century, focusing on the rise of Islamist movements in the region, the role of the middle classes in the processes of transformation, youth, and rentier states. He has led several research projects such as the research network: “Re-configurations: History, memory and transformation process in the Middle East and North Africa” and “Islamists in the process of regional transformation”. Since April 2020, Professor Ouaissa is the director of the Merian Center for Advanced Studies in the Maghreb (MECAM): “Imagining Futures – Dealing with Disparity”, based in Tunis.

The transformation processes in MENA
Political Islam
The middle classes in MENA
Rentier States
Social movements in the Maghreb
Ouaissa, R. Religion. In: Gertel, Jörg / Hexel, Ralf (Hrsg.): Coping with Uncertainty. Youth in the Middle East and North Africa. London: Saqi Books, 2018, S. 80-96.
Ouaissa, R. Algerian middle classes, income and political stagnation, in: NAQD, 2018, Nr. 36, S. 123-145.
Ouaissa, R, Elsenhans, H, Schwecke, S, Tétreault M. The Transformation of Politicized Religion: Zealots Turned into Leaders. 2015, London: Routledge.
Ouaissa, R. On the Trail of Frantz Fanon. In: Pannewick, Friederike / Khalil, Georges (Hrsg.): Commitment and Beyond: Reflections on / of the Political in Arabic Literature since the 1940s. 2015, Wiesbaden: Reichert, S. 105-122.
Ouaissa, R. Blocked Middle Classes as an Engine of Change in the Arab World? In: Jacob Horst / Jünnemann, Annette / Delf, Rothe (Hrsg.): Euro-Mediterranean Relations after the Arab Spring. Persistence in Times of Change, 2015, London: Ashgate, S. 123-142.