International Forum for Democratic Studies Research Council Member

Abdou Filali-Ansary

Aga Khan University

Abdou Filali-Ansary is research professor at the Aga Khan University’s Institute for the Study of Muslim Civilisations (AKU-ISMC) in London. Previously, he was the founding director of the AKU-ISMC (2002-2009), director of the King Abdul-Aziz Foundation for Islamic Studies and Human Sciences in Casablanca, Morocco (1984-2001), and assistant professor of philosophy in the Faculty of Letters at Rabat University where he taught modern philosophy from 1970 to 1973. In 1993, Prof. Filali-Ansary initiated a bilingual journal (Arabic/French) Prologues: revue maghrébine du livre with a team from the academic community in Morocco. His publications include French and English translations (with introduction) of Ali Abdel Razek’s essay Islam and the foundations of political power (Paris: La Découverte, and Casablanca: Le Fennec, 1994; Edinburgh: EUP, 2012), essays entitled L’islam est-il hostile à la laïcité? (Casablanca: Le Fennec, 1996 and 1999), Par souci de clarté (Casablanca, Le Fennec, 2001), Réformer l’islam? Une introduction aux débats contemporains (Paris, La Découverte, 2003), as well as articles in academic journals.

Forum Events

“The Arab Revolutions: Democracy and Historical Conciousness,” 2011 Seymour Martin Lipset Lecture on Democracy in the World (Oct. 26, 2011)

Forum Publications

“The Lanugages of the Arab Revolutions,” Journal of Democracy (April 2012)