Belkacem Benzenine

Disciplines: Political philosophy
Title and home institution: Permanent researcher at the Centre for Research in Social and Cultural Anthropology (CRASC), Oran (Algeria)
Category of Fellowship: Research residency
Research program: Mediterranean
Residency length: February – June 2022

Research project

Making fatwas today: between the demands of reformism and the interference of politics. Comparative study

Summary of the research project

The research project we are proposing as part of the Iméra is a continuation of my work on the relationship between religious and politics in Muslim countries.
The objective of this project is to show: 1. How fatwas have become a subject of great importance in the lives of believers; 2. How fatwas are made within official (state) institutions having this responsibility, but also within groups (scholars, parties, associations, etc.) who want to give or even impose an «independent» religious point of view.


Belkacem Benzenine is a researcher at the Centre de recherche en anthropologie sociale et culturelle (CARSC) in Oran. Since 2017, he has edited the journal Insaniyat, an Algerian journal of anthropology and humanities. He is the author of Penser la laïcité dans les pays arabes (L’Harmattan, 2014) and directed (with Mohand Amer Amar) La question des indépendances au Maghreb (Karthala, 2012). He published several articles on The vote of the Algerian community abroad: What stakes for political parties? , International Journal of Comparative Politics (2019), “Symbolism and Political Significance of Rabia’s Gesture in Egypt,” In Words. Les langages du politique, 2016. Her work focuses on political parties in Algeria, the place of women in political life. The religious referent and forms of mobilization are the main concerns that motivate his research on these issues.

Appels à candidature

Les résidences de recherche que propose l’Iméra, Institut d’études avancées (IEA) d’Aix-Marseille Université, s’adressent aux chercheurs confirmés – académiques, scientifiques et/ou artistes. Ces résidences de recherche sont distribuées sur quatre programmes (« Arts & sciences : savoirs indisciplinés », « Explorations interdisciplinaires », « Méditerranée » et « Utopies nécessaires »).