The centre moved location in late August 2005, to Campus
Linné, and its three imposing old buildings – Annedalseminariet
(Övre Husargatan 34), KK 2 (Konstepedimins väg 2). It is jointly administered within the framework of
the new School of Global Studies at Göteborg University (SGSGU),
and part of an effort to coordinate global studies across disciplinary
and regional limitations.
Jonasson defended her doctoral dissertation
on ”At the Command of God? On the
Political Linkage of Islamist Parties”, on Friday
26 November 2004. It is a comparative study of Islamist parties in three
countries (Turkey, Jordan and Pakistan), focusing on their political linkages
and the way these parties relate to the people of their respective country.
Faculty opponent was Prof. Lars G Svåsand, University of Bergen.
The thesis was published as a book, included as number 89 in the
series Göteborg Studies in Politics, edited by Bo Rothstein. Abstract: Islamist parties – how
are we to understand these parties? Can we use traditional theories originated
in the west, to understand the logic of these parties, or do we have to
develop other approaches? This study focuses on the political linkage
of Islamist parties. In the study, three Islamist parties have been analysed:
The Virtue Party in Turkey, The Islamic Action Front in Jordan, and the
Party of Islam (Jamaat-e-Islami) in Pakistan.
The main conclusion of the study is that while the traditional theories
on parties do provide a good help in analysing the linkage of Islamist
parties, they cannot fully account for the way in which linkage is organised
in these. Instead, there are indications that religious parties (Islamist
as well as Christian Democratic) largely organise their linkage in a specific
religious way, in accordance with what they interpret as the command of
Ann-Kristin Jonasson is currently involved in research on the Meditteranean area.