Ihsan Mejdi



College: College of Social Sciences and International Studies
Research Centre/Unit: Centre for Middle East Politics C-MEP

I am a PhD candidate at the Institute of Arab and Islamic Studies and a reciepient of the al-Qasimi scholarship. Prior to pursuing my doctoral degree, I obtained a master's degree in Sociology and Social Anthropology from the Central European University in 2019, Budapest, Hungary. I also completed my undergraduate studies at Hacettepe University in 2017, earning a bachelor's degree in Political Science and Public Administration, Ankara, Turkey.







2022-  The Precariat of ’Nahj Esbania’: The Anthropology of Street Economy in Tunisia (Arabic). In Suq Nahj Esbania: Street Economy in Tunisia. Edited by Sofian Jaballah. FTDES.

2022- Leading with Locally Produced Knowledge: Development in Jemna, Tunisia (co-authored with Celeste Koppe). In Handbook on Participatory Action Research and Community Development. Edited by Randy Stoeckerand Adrienne Falcón. Edward Elgar Publishing.

2019- Religious Secular Tension in Tunisia Since 2011 (co-authored with Zeba Rehman Khan). In Islamic Movements in the Middle East, Ideologies, Practices and Political Participation. Editd by P.R. Kumaraswamy, Md. Muddassir Quamar, and Manjari Singh. KW Publishers.



2023- al-Mghatta Valley: An Open Space for Double Absence: A Story of Stranded and Forsaken Migrants at the Margins of the State. Migration Report by the Tunisian Forum for Social and Economic Rights. Tunis 




2022- An Incomplete Revolution: A Conversation with Mohamed Haj-Salem. Published by the Society for Cultural Anthropology, Member Voices, Fieldsights.

2018- Interview with Asef Bayat : Revolution, Politics of Fun, and Post-Islamism (in Arabic).  Published by Masalik, Tunis.




2022- XV Convegno SeSaMO Conference Università di Napoli L’Orientale, Napoli. Explaining Crisis, Beyond Chaos. The Middle East and North Africa in Global Change . Presented paper:The Meaning(s) of Research as Relationship: Ethnography, Revolution, and the Politics of Post-Uprisings in the Middle East.

2019- A Scholarly and Political Dialogue with Benoit Challand at the Central European University, Budapest. Department of Sociology and Social Anthropology Lecture and Discussion Series on Politics and Depoliticization: The Dialectics of State-Society Relations: Lessons from Post-2011 Tunisia and Yemen. ‚Äč

2018- Hacettepe University, Ankara. The Annual Meeting and International Conference of the Consortium for Research in Political Theory. Presented paper:Secularists/Islamists ‘Tentative Friendship’ and the Possibility of Agonistic Democratic Transition in Post-revolutionary Tunisia.



How EU policies have turned Tunisia into Africa's graveyard. Middle East Eye (2023)

Tunisia's new president has a big job in first 100 days. Anadolu Agency

Algeria election: Who is running for president?. Anadolu Agency

PROFILE - Algeria’s new president: Longtime official who praised protests. Anadolu Agency

Turmoil in Tunisia amid race for political power. Anadolu Agency 

An ''epigram'' inscribed by memories and read by a revolution. Aljazeera (Arabic).

Tunisia: A booming civil society, a fragile democracy, and endless challenges Ahead. Nawaat-blog

‘Two truths and a lie’ about ennahdha’s post-Islamism. Nawaat-blog

Jemna: Genesis of a model, or end of a social experiment?. Nawaat-blog

France’s colonial fantasies In Tunisia. Nawaat-blog

“Manich Msamah”: Resistance in times of consensus. Nawaat-blog

Redeyef youth in Lampedusa: marginalized at home, unwanted abroad. Nawaat-blog