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Sectarianism, de-Sectarianization and Regional Politics in the Middle East, Protest and Proxies Across States and Borders, edited by Samira Nasirzadeh [and four others]

"Following the Arab Uprisings, new ways of understanding sectarianism and sect-based differences emerged. But these perspectives, while useful, reduced sectarian identities to a consequence of either primordial tensions or instrumentalised identities. While more recently 'third way' approaches addressed the problems with these two positions, the complexity of secatarian identities within and across states remains unexplored. This book fills the gap in the literature to offer a more nuanced reading of both sectarian identities and also de-sectarianization across the Middle East. To do so, the volume provides a comparative account, looking at Iraq, Bahrain, Yemen, Syria and Lebanon. It examines the ways in which sect-based difference shapes regional politics and vice versa. The book also contributes to burgeoning debates on the role of protest movements in sectarianism. Chapters are split across three main sections: the first looks at sects and states; the second traces the relationship between sects and regional dynamics; and the third examines de-sectarianization, that is, the contestation and destablization of sectarian identities in socio-political life Each section provides a more holistic understanding of the role of sectarian identities in the contemporary Middle East and shows how sectarian groups operate within and across state borders, and why this has serious implications for the ordering of life across the Middle East."--, Provided by publisher
Table Of Contents
Sectarianism, geopolitics and de-sectarianization in the Middle East / Simon Mabon., University of Lancaster, UK; & Ana Kumarasamy, University of Lancaster, UK Section I: Politics of Sectarinianism -- Chapter 1. Politics of sectarinism in Iraq / Harith Hasan, The Carnegie Middle East Center, USA ; Chapter 2. 'Taif at thirty: a revolution against orientalism / Madonna Kalousian: Lancaster University, UK ; Chapter 3. 'The weakness of sovereignty in authoritarian regimes' / Samuel Peter Mace, Leeds University, UK ; Chapter 4. 'De-essentializing sectarianism: a study of Iran's regional politics' / Chimat Ladol, Jawaharlal Nehru University, UK -- Section II: Regional dynamics & proxies. Chapter 5. University of London 'Lebanon and the spectre of geopolitically charged sectarianism' / Ibrahim Halawi, Royal Holloway, UK ; Chapter 6. 'The deal of discontent Saudi Arabia, Iran & the nuclear deal' / Olivia Isabell Glombitza, Universitat Autṇoma de Barcelona, UK -- ; Chapter 7. 'Securitization through sectarianization in Bahrain' / Samira Nasirzadeh, Lancaster University, UK ; Chapter 8. 'Bridging ethno-religious divides by proxy? Non-state sponsorship and sectarianism in the Middle East' / Michel Wyss, Military Academy, Switzerland ; Chapter 9. 'The importance of framing conflicts-building the narrative of a proxy war in Yemen' / Maria-Louise Clausen: Danish Institute for International Studies, Denmark ; Chapter 10. 'Sectarianism and civil wars in the MENA region' / Francesco Belcastro: University of Derby, UK -- Section III. De-sectarianization. Chapter 11. 'Iran's soft power in the Gulf from Islamic Revolution to post intra Gulf crisis' / Nesibe Hicret Battaloglu, Middle East Technical University, Turkey ; Chapter 12. 'Discursive de-secterianization: re-ordering Saudi foreign and domestic policy making' / Umer Karim, University of Birmingham, UK ; Chapter 13. 'How to understand the role of Al-Azhar in the Sunni-Shi "i Rapprochement" / Hossam Ed-Deen Allam, Lancaster University, UK Conclusion: Samira Nasirzadeh, University of Lancaster, UK; Elias Ghazal, University of Lancaster, UK; Eyad Alrefai, University of Lancaster, UK; Ana Kumarasamy, University of Lancaster, UK;
Literary Form
non fiction
First edition.
Includes index
Physical Description
1 online resource (253 pages)
Specific Material Designation
Form Of Item

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