Mariz Tadros - Research Fellow
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Middle East and North Africa; Egypt; Jordan; Yemen.
Mariz Tadros is a IDS research fellow specialising in the politics and human development of the Middle East. Areas of specialisation include democratisation, Islamist politics, gender, sectarianism, human security and religion and development.
Prior to joining IDS Mariz was an assistant professor of political science at the American University in Cairo, where she taught development studies for many years at an undergraduate and graduate level.
For almost ten years, Mariz worked as a journalist for the English language newspaper Al-Ahram Weekly where she published over 300 articles on a variety of subjects including civil society, women in Egypt and the Arab region, poverty and social justice. She has extensive experience as a development practitioner and worked as a consultant for many international organisations including the Ford Foundation. Mariz obtained her doctorate from Queen Elizabeth House, University of Oxford in 2004.
Since joining IDS, she has been involved in leading several multidisciplinary, multi-country initiatives including one on women and politics and one on gender and religion.
Mariz is author of two books:
Women in Politics: Gender, Power and Development
Women the world over are being prevented from engaging in politics. Women’s political leadership of any sort is a rarity and a career in politics rarer still. More details
Settling After the Revolts? Egypt’s Political Settlements and Violent Transition
The uprisings in the Arab region generated much hope among significant proportions of the population that a rupture with the status quo would herald a new era marked by bread, freedom and social justice/human dignity, the catchphrase of many of the revolts. More details
Reclaiming the Streets for Women’s Dignity: Effective Initiatives in the Struggle against Gender-Based Violence in between Egypt’s Two Revolutions
This paper is about the struggle to combat gender-based violence in public space in Egypt through the sustained collective action of vigilante groups who organically formed to respond to the increasing encroachment on women in public space from 2011 onwards. More details
Promoting and Protecting Religious Diversity in the Middle East
In the aftermath of regime ruptures in the Arab world and with the political ascendancy of Islamist groups, there has been a mass exodus of citizens belonging to religious minorities from the region. More details
Battling with Increased Gender-Based Violence in Egypt’s Transition: Report on the Scoping Workshop held in Cairo, November 2012
This workshop report examines the relationship between Gender-based violence, collective action and masculinities through six country case studies. More details
Politically Motivated Sexual Assault and the Law in Violent Transitions: A Case Study from Egypt
This case study is about the use of sexual violence against women and men in order to deter the opposition from engaging in protests and demonstrations in a context of a country in transition, Egypt. More details
Copts at the Crossroads - The Challenge of Building Inclusive Democracy in Egypt
In the light of the escalation of sectarian tensions during and after Mubarak's reign, the predicament of the Arab world's largest religious minority, the Copts, has come to the forefront. More details
Egypt’s Unfinished Transition or Unfinished Revolution? Unruly Politics and Capturing the Pulses of the Street
There has been a growing consensus among political scientists that transitions rarely follow linear processes, and that any tautological approach to paths of change is likely to be misguiding. This paper argues that the same signals of a disconnect between universalist liberal democratic prescriptions for change and the situation on the ground are surfacing once again. More details
Decentralisation and Social Cohesion in Religiously Heterogeneous Societies in Transition: A Case Study from Egypt
This paper explores the linkages between decentralisation and social cohesion within communities of differing religious backgrounds. It builds on the case of post-Mubarak Egypt, where an increased but informal devolution of power to manage relations between the majority Muslim and minority Christian populations has not alleviated community tensions. More details
A Dictatorship with an Islamic Reference
This article argues that the Muslim Brotherhood's growing monopolization of political power in Egypt witnessed since the parliamentary and presidential elections does not only suggest a shift towards authoritarianism but a particular brand of Islamist totalitarianism. More details
Bringing Gender Justice to the Egyptian Parliament
There is an urgent need to address gender politics in the Egyptian parliament. Women's representation in parliament fell from 13 per cent in 2010 to two per cent in 2011 despite the fact that the number of women who nominated themselves for office had doubled. More details
The Muslim Brotherhood in Contemporary Egypt: Democracy Redefined or Confined?
The Muslim Brotherhood is one of the oldest and most influential Islamist movements. As the party ascends to power in Egypt, it is poised to adopt a new system of governance and state–society relations, the effects of which are likely to extend well beyond Egypt’s national borders. More details
The Pulse of Egypt’s Revolt
How do we explain the way in which change unfolded in the wake of the recent Egyptian uprisings? More details
Mubarak's regime was able to pursue political liberalisation without undermining the status quo through the role played by the State Security Investigations apparatus (SSI) in backstage governance. This article discusses mechanisms through which the SSI exercised public authority through the use of soft and hard power. More details
Women Engaging Politically: Beyond Magic Bullets and Motorways
This policy paper by Mariz Tadros, adopts an upside-down approach to women’s political empowerment. While the number of women we need to get into legislatures has often assumed centrestage, this paper takes women’s pathways as its starting point. More details
The Faith Factor in Development
Many faith-based organisations engaging in development are contesting not only the practical implications of reductionist development policies, but also questioning the very political and ideological assumptions behind them. More details
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