Raphaël Lefèvre receives APSA best book award

Postdoc of political science Raphaël Lefèvre from Aarhus BSS receives award for Jihad in the City published by Cambridge University Press. The prize, awarded by American Political Science Association’s section for MENA Politics, honors the best book of political relations in the Middle East and North Africa.

Raphael Lefevre Photo: Oxford University
Postdoc Raphaël Lefèvre Photo: Oxford University

Raphaël Lefèvre's new book, Jihad in the City: Militant Islam and Contentious Politics in Tripoli, is based on more than 200 interviews with Islamist fighters from Tawhid, and their enemies, who ravaged Tripoli, Lebanon in the period 1982-1985.

“With my book I wanted to shed light on a little-known historical event with large contemporary echo: the creation by a militant Islamist movement of an ‘Islamic Emirate’ on the city of Tripoli, Lebanon in 1982-1985. This movement has modern parallels​ with the ‘Islamic Caliphate’ created by ISIS in parts of Iraq and Syria after 2014,” says Raphaël Lefèvre.

Now, Raphaël Lefèvre is honored by the American Political Science Association for the best book award 2022 in the Middle East and North Africa category.

"I am delighted to have received this award, which also sheds light on the excellent work carried out at Aarhus University in Political Science, International Relations and Middle East Politics. Without such an inspiring, strong and supportive scholarly community, amongst them my two mentors Morten Valbjørn and Jeroen Gunning, I could not have written this book," says Raphaël Lefèvre.

In addition to the postdoc position at the Department of Political Science at Aarhus BSS at Aarhus University, Raphaël Lefèvre is also a senior research fellow at the Department of Politics and International Relations at Oxford University.

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