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Routledge Handbook of Minorities in the Middle East

1st Edition

Edited by Paul S Rowe


436 pages | 4 B/W Illus.

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The Routledge Handbook of Minorities in the Middle East gathers a diverse team of international scholars, each of whom provides unique expertise into the status and prospects of minority populations in the region. The dramatic events of the past decade, from the Arab Spring protests to the rise of the Islamic state, have brought the status of these populations onto centre stage. The overturn of various long-term autocratic governments in states such as Tunisia, Egypt, Libya, and Yemen, and the ongoing threat to government stability in Syria, Iraq, and Lebanon have all contributed to a new assertion of majoritarian politics amid demands for democratization and regime change. In the midst of the dramatic changes and latent armed conflict, minority populations have been targeted, marginalized, and victimized. Calls for social and political change have led many to contemplate the ways in which citizenship and governance may be changed to accommodate minorities – or indeed if such change is possible.

At a time when the survival of minority populations and the utility of the label minority has been challenged, this handbook answers the following set of research questions.What are the unique challenges of minority populations in the Middle East? How do minority populations integrate into their host societies, both as a function of their own internal choices, and as a response to majoritarian consensus on their status? Finally, given their inherent challenges, and the vast, sweeping changes that have taken place in the region over the past decade, what is the future of these minority populations? What impact have minority populations had on their societies, and to what extent will they remain prominent actors in their respective settings?

This handbook presents leading-edge research on a wide variety of religious, ethnic, and other minority populations. By reclaiming the notion of minorities in Middle Eastern settings, we seek to highlight the agency of minority communities in defining their past, present, and future.

Table of Contents

1. Introduction: Reclaiming "Minorities" in the Middle East

Paul S. Rowe

Section One: Majority-Minority Relations in the Middle East

2. Religious Minorities in the Diversity of Islamic Thought

David D. Grafton

3. Balancing Identities: Minorities and Arab Nationalism

Noah Haiduc-Dale

4. The Praxis of Islamist Models of Citizenship in a Post-Arab Revolt Middle East: Implications for Religious Pluralism

Mariz Tadros

5. Minorities, Civil Society, and the State in the Contemporary Middle East: a Framework for Analysis

Paul Kingston

Section Two: Religious Minorities

6. Tracing the Coptic Question in Contemporary Egypt

Vivian Ibrahim

7. The Maronites

Alexander D. M. Henley

8. Palestinian Christians: Situating Selves in a Dislocated Present

Mark Daniel Calder

9. Persistent Perseverance: a Trajectory of Assyrian History in the Modern Age

Sargon George Donabed

10. Christians from a Muslim Background in the Middle East

Duane Alexander Miller

11. The Yezidis: an Ancient People, Tragedy, and Struggle for Survival

Birgül Aҫikyildiz-Sengül

12. The Mandaeans in Iraq

Shak Hanish

13. Bahá’ís in the Middle East

Geoffrey Cameron with Nazila Ghanea

14. The Alawites of Syria: the Costs of Minority Rule

Leon T. Goldsmith

15. Particularism versus Integration: the Druze Communities in the Modern Middle East

Yusri Hazran

16. Alevis in Turkey

Ali Çarkoğlu and Ezgi Elçi

17. The Samaritans

Monika Schreiber

18. Shi’i Minorities in the Arab World

Laurence Louër

Section Three: Ethnic Minorities

19. The Kurds in the Middle East

David Romano

20. Armenians in the Middle East: from Marginalization to the Everyday

Tsolin Nalbantian

21. The Palestinian Minority in the State of Israel: Challenging Jewish Hegemony in Difficult Times

Aviad Rubin

22. The Bedouin in the Middle East

Sarab Abu-Rabia-Queder

23. The Berbers (Amazigh)

Bruce Maddy-Weitzman

Section Four: Emerging Issues and Minorities in the Middle East

24. Sitting at the Crossroads: Sexual Minorities in the Middle East

Merouan Mekouar and Jean Zaganiaris

25. Minorities and Armed Conflict in the Middle East

Paul S. Rowe

26. Middle Eastern Minorities in Diaspora

Andreas Schmoller

27. Middle Eastern Minorities and the Media

Elizabeth Monier

28. Western Advocacy on Behalf of Religious Minorities: Practical Reflections

Chris Seiple and Andrew Doran


About the Editor

Paul S. Rowe is Professor in the Department of Political and International Studies, Trinity Western University, Canada.

Subject Categories

BISAC Subject Codes/Headings:
POLITICAL SCIENCE / World / Middle Eastern
SOCIAL SCIENCE / Minority Studies
SOCIAL SCIENCE / Regional Studies