Riadh Sidaoui

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Riadh Sidaoui
رياض الصيداوي
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Born (1967-05-14)14 May 1967
Bou Hajla, Tunisia
Residence Geneva
Nationality Tunisian, Swiss
Fields sociology, political sciences
Alma mater Tunis University, University of Geneva

Riadh Sidaoui (رياض الصيداوي) (born in Bou Hajla, 14 May 1967) is a Tunisian writer and political scientist who has a Swiss nationality.[1][2]

He is the director of the Geneva-based Centre Arabe de Recherches et d'Analyses Politiques et Sociales. Taqadoumiya since 2010.[3] He has had articles and studies published in London, in newspapers such as Al-Hayat and Al-Quds Al-Arabi.[4]


After studying in Kairouan, he joined the Tunis University and obtained a master's degree in journalism (political specialization) from the Institute of Press and Information Sciences of Tunis in 1992, and a DEA (diplôme d'études approfondies) in 1995 from the Faculty of Humanities and Social Sciences of Tunis.[5]

He moved to Switzerland in 1995, where he studied at the University of Geneva. After obtaining a Master of Advanced Studies in development studies from the Graduate Institute of Development Studies in 1997,[6] he obtained a Master of Advanced Studies in political sciences from the Faculty of Economics and Social Sciences of Geneva in 1998.[7]



Sidaoui draws attention to the notion that many fanatical Islamists have degrees in sciences; in fact, the September 11, 2001 attacks were committed by men who had completed studies in natural sciences.[8] He explains: "Despite the lack of a comprehensive study on the occupational origin of the leadership of Islamist movements in the Arab world, we can see an almost total domination of scientific careers. It seems that the number of engineers, doctors, physicists, etc., acting on behalf of Islam, is considerable. This thesis is confirmed by the success of Islamists in the elections of scientific advice in the faculties of sciences. This same success is difficult if not impossible in the faculties of Humanities and Social Sciences.".[8]

After the fall of Arab dictators in the Arab Spring, Sidaoui said that the first winners of the revolutions are Islamists in view of their capacity of mobilization and organization.[9] In addition, he noted that the Islamists have the overwhelming support of the Gulf countries, the petrodollars, but also the United States, that accept a moderate Islam in the Arab world (as in Turkey).[9]

Saudi Wahhabism[edit]

According to Riadh Sidaoui, habitual use of the term Wahhabism is scientifically false, and it should be substituted with the concept of Saudi Wahhabism,[10] an Islamic doctrine which is based on the historical alliance between the political and financial power represented by Ibn Saud and the religious authority represented by Abdul Al-Wahhab. The doctrine continues to exist to this day thanks to this alliance, the financing of several religious channels, and the formation of several sheikhs.[11][12]

Sidaoui thinks that the political foundations of Islam lie in the republican democratic and non-Wahhabi monarchy mind. For him Saudi Wahhabism is a threat to Islam, Muslims and all humanity.[13]


In English[edit]

In Arabic[edit]

  • Hiwarat nassiriyya (حوارات ناصرية) éd. Arabesques, Tunis, 1992 (rééd. Centre arabe de recherches et d'analyses, Beyrouth, 2003). ISBN 9973-763-00-9 ;
  • Heikel aw al milaf asirri il dhakira al arabiyya (هيكل أو الملف السري للذاكرة العربية), Tunis, 1993 (rééd. Le Caire, 2000 et Beyrouth, 2003). ISBN 9973-17-315-5 ;
  • Siraat annourab assiyasiyya wal askariyya fil jazair : al hizb, al jaych, al dawla (صراعات النخب السياسية والعسكرية في الجزائر: الحزب،) (الجيش، الدولة, éd. Arab Institute for Research and Publishing, Beyrouth, 2000 ;
  • Jean Ziegler yatahadath ila al Arab (جان زجلر يتحدث إلى العرب), éd. Centre arabe de recherches et d'analyses, Beyrouth, 2003 ;
  • Maarek Abd Ennacer (معارك عبد الناصر), éd. Centre arabe de recherches et d'analyses, Beyrouth, 2003 ;

In French[edit]

  • L'islamisme en Algérie: une révolution en marche ?, éd. Université de Genève, Genève, 1998;[14]
  • FIS, armée, GIA : vainqueurs et vaincus, éd. Publisud, Paris, 2002;[15]
  • L'Armée algérienne 1954/1994: Mutations internes, éd. Centre arabe de recherches et d'analyses, Paris, 2003.


  1. ^ St.Galler Tagblatt Online – Eine Libyen-Geisel benötigt kein Visum[dead link]
  2. ^ www.rheintaler.ch – Eine Libyen-Geisel benötigt kein Visum[dead link]
  3. ^ "taqadoumiya – شعار التقدمية: كلمة الحق في زمن النفاق يجب أن تقال". Taqadoumiya.net. 8 January 2013. Retrieved 25 January 2013. 
  4. ^ "رياض الصيداوي – طلبت مني الجزيرة انتقاد الجيش الجزائري فرفضت.. لم أتعرض أبدا إلى تهديد أو شتم من قبل الجزائريين حكومات أو معارضة". Ssrcaw.org. Retrieved 25 January 2013. 
  5. ^ (French) « Riadh Sidaoui : Les élites démocrates doivent faire face au fanatisme religieux », Tunis Afrique Presse, 18 mai 2012
  6. ^ Tribune de Genève – l'actualité en direct: politique, sports, people, culture, économie, multimédia[dead link]
  7. ^ "BSES – Science politique – Mémoires". Unige.ch. Retrieved 25 January 2013. 
  8. ^ a b [1]
  9. ^ a b "Quel avenir pourles révolutions arabes?". Tdg.ch. Retrieved 25 January 2013. 
  10. ^ [Le wahhabisme saoudien est le plus dangereux des courants religieux (الوهابية السعودية أخطر الحركات الدينية), Alkhabar al ousboui, Algéria, 30 August 2010]
  11. ^ " Saudi Wahhabism is the most dangerous religious currents ", El Khabar Ousbouî, 30 août 2010
  12. ^ "Petro- Islam " Bennythomas's Weblog". Bennythomas.wordpress.com. 25 November 2011. Retrieved 25 January 2013. 
  13. ^ "Vidéo الإسلام جمهوري أم ملكي؟ de riadh-sidaoui (Actualité – riadh-sidaoui) –". Wat.tv. Retrieved 25 January 2013. 
  14. ^ L'islamisme en Algérie: une révolution en marche ? – Riadh Sidaoui – Google Books. Books.google.com. 1 March 2004. Retrieved 25 January 2013. 
  15. ^ "Bibliographies sur les mouvements islamistes au Maghreb (Bibliothèque de la Méditerranée)" (PDF).  (285 KB)