Leader of Tunisia`s Islamist party Al Nahda, Rachid Ghannouchi opened the conference yesterday, in a curious tandem with Syrian secular scholar Burhan Ghalioun, who has been heading the Syrian National Council (SNC) for almost one year before leaving office.
A focus on the relation between revolutions in Libya, Yemen, and Syria has been hosted in yesterday`s sessions. Today`s discussion is aimed at discussing Islamists` views on economy (neo-liberalism or protectionism), foreign relations, human rights and civil liberties.
A program for the conference can be found here.
Besides this initiative in Doha, Al Jazeera English` s The Stream has hosted a debate on the same topic featuring controversial scholar Tareq Ramadan, who is professor of Contemporary Islamic Studies at Oxford University. He recently wrote a book called “Islam and the Arab Awakening”, exploring the relation between Islamist movements and political awakening in 2011`s Arab revolutions.
During the unfolding of the Arab revolutions — and particularly in the Libyan case and in Tunisian elections- Al Jazeera has been accused to be bluntly supporting Islamist movements against more the liberal and secular opposition.
Al Jazeera center for studies` focus on this very topic is definitively something to follow closely in order to get a better understanding of the network`s view over one of the most relevant issues in the Arab region these days.