Message from the President

Founded in April 2010, AALIMS reached a milestone at its third anniversary. As a sign of becoming an established organization, we have experienced our first “change of the guard.”

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Political Economy of the Muslim World

Date: April 5-6, 2013

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Location: Baker Institute of Public Policy, Rice University

James A. Baker III Hall
Rice University

6100 Main Street
Houston, TX 77005 (Map & Directions)

All sessions are free and open to public.

Presentations explored a variety of issues concerning political economy of the Muslim World, including economic performance, political participation, activism, identity formation, and institutional change. The conference commenced with a half-day graduate student workshop. Organized jointly by the Baker Institute of Public Policy at Rice University and the Association for Analytic Learning about Islam and Muslim Societies (AALIMS), the conference was co-sponsored by the School of Social Sciences at Rice University. The event was the fourth installment of the AALIMS conference series. The first AALIMS conference took place at Duke University in 2010, the second at Harvard University in 2011 and the third at Stanford University in 2012.

2013 Annual Conference Organization Committee

Lisa Blaydes (Stanford University)

Mahmoud El-Gamal (Rice University)

Murat Iyigün (University of Colorado at Boulder)

Asim Khwaja (Harvard University)

Timur Kuran (Duke University)

Melissa Marschall (Rice University)


Eli Berman (University of California at San Diego)

Theology and Economic Deprivation: What’s Not Driving Revolt

Lisa Blaydes (Stanford University)

Compliance and Resistance in Iraq under Saddam Hussein: Evidence from the Files of the Ba`th Party

Hülya Canbakal (Sabanci University) and Alpay Filiztekin (Sabanci University)

Wealth and Inequality in Ottoman Lands in the Early Modern Period

Eric Chaney (Harvard University)

Religion and the Rise and Fall of Muslim Science

Fotini Christia (Massachusetts Institute of Technology) and Ruben Enikolopov (Institute for Advanced Study)

Democratization, Division of Responsibilities and Governance Quality: Experimental Evidence on Local Institutions in Afghanistan

Saumitra Jha (Stanford University)

Trade Shocks and pro-Democracy Mass Movements: Evidence from India’s Independence Struggle

Timur Kuran (Duke University)

Institutional Roots of Authoritarian Rule in the Middle East: Political Legacies of the Waqf

Adria Lawrence (Yale University)

Protest, Repression and the Intergenerational Origins of Activism: Morocco’s (Almost) Revolutionaries

David Patel (Cornell University)

Roundabouts and Revolutions: Public Squares, Coordination, and the Diffusion of the Arab Uprisings

Jared Rubin (Chapman University)

Religious Legitimacy and Economic Success

Mohamed Saleh (Toulouse School of Economics)

From Kuttabs to Schools: Educational Modernization, Religion, and Human Capital in Twentieth Century Egypt

Jacob Shapiro (Princeton University)

The Costs of Violence and Public Views of Militant Groups in Pakistan

Basit Zafar (Federal Reserve Bank of New York)

Credit Constraints, Subjective Expectations, and College Choice in Urban Pakistan