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Sarah Feuer

Senior Fellow

Dr. Sarah Feuer, an expert on politics and religion in North Africa, is a senior fellow at the Washington Institute for Near East Policy.

Areas of Expertise

Arab and Islamic Politics

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Sarah J. Feuer, a senior fellow at the Washington Institute's Geduld Program on Arab Politics, is an expert on politics and religion in North Africa. She has extensive experience in the region, including stints living in Israel, Jordan, Morocco, and Tunisia. Dr. Feuer earned a PhD in politics at Brandeis University's Crown Center for Middle East Studies; an MA in Middle Eastern history from Tel Aviv University; and a BA in history and French literature from the University of Pennsylvania. Her 2016 Institute monograph, State Islam in the Battle against Extremism: Emerging Trends in Morocco and Tunisia, assessed the involvement of religious institutions in counter-extremism initiatives across Northwest Africa. She is currently expanding that research eastward, examining the evolving form and tenor of State Islam in Egypt and the Gulf. Feuer's most recent book, Regulating Islam: Religion and the State in Contemporary Morocco and Tunisia, was published to much critical acclaim by Cambridge University Press in early 2018.

Soref Fellowships are highly competitive, one-year research positions designed to enable young scholars who have already earned their master's or doctoral degrees to transition to policy-relevant research and analysis. They are named in memory of Helene and Samuel Soref, generous benefactors of The Washington Institute.

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Languages Spoken / Read

  • Arabic
  • French
  • Hebrew

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Post-Jasmine Tunisia

June 10, 2015


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Most Recent Analysis

Reshuffle, Rinse, and Reform: Tunisia's Government Under Strain

June 12, 2018

Action and Reaction: Royal Rhetoric Responds to the PJD

May 25, 2018

Supporting Tunisia’s Moves Toward Local Governance

April 27, 2018

Escalating Tensions in Western Sahara

April 11, 2018

Assessing the Protests in Tunisia

January 12, 2018

Beyond Islamists and Autocrats:

Prospects for Political Reform Post Arab Spring

November 27, 2017

Russia Makes Inroads in North Africa

November 2, 2017

Terrorism in Europe: The Moroccan Connection

August 24, 2017

Tunisia: A Success Story?

July 6, 2017

Morocco's Escalating Protests Call for a Careful Response

June 6, 2017

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Selected Outside Publications

Tunisia's Economic Challenges
Fikra Forum, October 24, 2014

Islam and Democracy in Practice: Tunisia’s Ennahdha Nine Months In
Crown Center for Middle East Studies, September 2012

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