The Doha-based Arab Center for Research and Policy Studies will convene the second Annual Conference on the Social Sciences and Humanities from March 30 to March 31. The 2013 Conference will address two specific themes: "The Dialectic of Social Integration and the Building of Nation and State in the Arab Homeland" and the "Definition of Justice in the Arab Homeland today".

ACRPS General Director Dr. Azmi Bishara will deliver the opening remarks at this year's event. His Excellency Sheikh Abdullah Bin Ali Al Thani, President of Hamad Bin Khalifa University, will also address the opening ceremony followed by a lecture by Chancellor Tareq El-Bishry, former judge and leading Egyptian scholar. Dr. Kamal Abdullatif, chairman of the Committee for this year's Arab Prize for Social Sciences and Humanities, will present a speech on behalf of the Committee.

The ACRPS conference will bring together a select group of relevant academics and scholars as well as a number of College Deans in the Arts and Social Sciences from a number of Arab universities.

Thirty academic papers, reviewed and refereed by an academic committee nominated by ACRPS, will be discussed during the proceedings. As with last year's conference, the sessions will be divided in two themes. The first sessions will be dedicated to social integration and will include discussions addressing its theoretical framework in addition to a number of regional case studies addressing social integration. The sessions dedicated to the second theme will focus on discussions addressing the notion of justice along with a focus on the historical background behind how this concept was developed, in addition to a number of studies of present-day expressions of justice.

The ACRPS looks forward to the wide participation of specialists and guests to this conference, and to vibrant and productive discussions born out of the academic papers presented.


following is the conference program:


Day One: Saturday, 30 March, 2013





Lusail Hall

Opening Session

Chaired by: ACRPS Researcher Dr. Elnour Hamad

"On a Liberalism in Lebanon Strengthened by the Integration of Individuals within Sects"

Presented by Dr. Ahmad Baalbaki

"Justice within the Limits of an Arab Deontology"

Dr. Fahmi Gedaan


Theme: Social Integration

Lusail Hall

Theme: "What is Justice in the Arab Homeland Today?"

Almukhtasar Hall

Session One

10:00 - 12:00

Arab Society and Social Research

Session Chair: Dr. Asmaa Al Attiyah

Dr. Antoine Massara: "The Impacts of the Human Factor on Social Integration and on the Effectiveness of Social Research"

Dr. Baqer Al Najjar: "The Arab States between Failures of Construction and Obstacles to Integration"

Dr. Ali Abdul Rauf: "Social Integration between the Deadlock of Identity and the Trap of Globalization"

Dr. Walid Abdulhay: "A Model for the Measurement of Separatist Tendencies Amongst Minorities in the Arab Homeland"

Theoretical Background and Concepts

Session Chair: Dr. Ibrahim Al Issawi

Dr. Murad Dayyani: "The Roots of the Link between Economic Freedom and Social Equality in the Theory of Justice"

Dr. Said Bensaid Al Alawi: "Justice First: From an Awareness of Change to a Change of Awareness"

12:00-12:30 Coffee Break

12:30 - 14:30


The Arab Maghreb and the Mechanisms for Social Integration

Session Chair: Dr. Abdulraheem Benhadda

Dr. Abdulhamid Haniyeh: "Constructing a Spatial State in the territories of Tunisia and the Western Arab Maghreb, together with the Mechanisms of Social Integration within them from the 17th to the 19th Centuries"

Dr. Mohammed Maleki: "Social Integration and the Construction of Citizenship-based Societies in the Greater Arab Maghreb"

Dr. Mohammad Humam: "Moroccan Art as a Catalyst of Social Integration: the Lyrics of the Nass El Ghiwane Musical Group"


Theoretical Background and Concepts

Session Chair: Dr. Antoine Saif

Dr. Mohammed Al Haddad: "The Dialectic of Justice and Freedom in Light of the Arab Revolutions"

Abdulaziz Labib: "The Ambiguities of Justice in Exceptional Cases"

Dr. Najma Habib: "Justice, Socialism and the Concept of Equality in Contemporary Arab Writing"


 Lunch Break


Lusail Hall

Opening Ceremony

Speech by Dr. Azmi Bishara on the Conference Themes: Justice and Social Integration

Address by His Excellency Sheikh Abdullah Bin Ali Al Thani, President of Hamad Bin Khalifa University

Dr. Kamal Abdullatif will present the Report of this year's Committee for the Arab Prize on Social Sciences and Humanities


Lecture by

Legal Consultant Tareq El-Bishry: "On the Dynamics of the Formation of Political Groups"

Followed by a Dinner Banquet


Day Two: Sunday, 31 March, 2013

Theme: The Controversy of Social Integration

Lusail Hall

Theme: Justice in the Arab World Today

Almukhtasar Hall

09:00 - 11:00

Social Integration and Citizenship: The Case of Egypt

Session Chair: Dr. Thanaa Abdullah

Dr. Ali Chalabi: "Social Integration and Active Citizenship: Egypt following the January 25 Revolution"

Dr. May Mujeeb: "The Dialectics of the Social Integration of Copts in a post-Revolutionary Egypt"

Mr. Hassan Obeid: "The Role of Islamist Movements in the Process of Social Integration in Egypt from 2010 to 2012"

Transitional Justice

Session Chair: Dr. Farida Bannai

Dr. Kamal Abdullatif: "Transitional Justice and Political Transformations in Morocco"

Dr. Abdulhay Moden: "Transitional Justice and Authoritarianism"

11:00-11:30 Coffee Break

11:30 - 13:30


The State and Social Integration in the Arab Levant

Session Chair: Dr. Darem Al Bassam

Dr. Abdulaziz Khazaaleh: "The Weakness of the States and Policies of Social Disintegration in Jordan"

Dr. Muhanad Mustafa: "Electoral Systems and their Impact on Social and Political Integration: The Cases of Egypt and Tunisia"

Mr. Nerouz Satik: "Sectarianism in the Syrian Revolution: Paths and Patterns"


Justice in Heritage

Session Chair: Dr. Hamdi Abdulrahman Hassan

Dr. Mohammad Jabroun: "Justice in Traditional Political Thought"

Dr. Ibrahim Butashish: "The Discourse of Justice in the Traditional Literature on Governance"

13:30-15:00 Lunch Break

15:00-16:00 Lusail Hall

Results of the Arab Opinion Index public opinion survey on questions related to citizenship and equality.

16:00 - 18:00

The State and Social Integration: Yemen and Mauritania

Session Chair: Dr. Abdullah Al Kindi

Dr. Adel Alsharjabi: "Construction of the State in Yemen: Unifying the Elite and Taking the Nation Apart"

Dr. Hamaho Allah Wald Al Salem: "The Crisis of the Nation-State and its Impact on Integration and Citizenship: the Case of Mauritania"

Mr. Hani Al Maghless: "The State and Social Integration in Yemen: Opportunities and Challenges"

Closing Session on Justice in the Arab World Today

Session Chair: Dr. Hanaa Al Jawhary

Dr. Mohsen Bouazizi: "Justice in the Eyes of the Prisoners: A Study into the Social Representations"

Dr. Bassem Serhan: "Inequality as a form of Injustice in the Context of a Process of Development"