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Sectarianism in the Contemporary Middle East

1st Edition

Edited by Simon Mabon, Lucia Ardovini


204 pages

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In recent years, the term sectarianism has been widely used to explain contemporary affairs across the Middle East and North Africa. A range of assumptions about the nature of sectarianism have become prevalent amongst scholars and policy makers who engage with these areas, in part driven by the rivalry between Saudi Arabia and Iran (the two dominant Sunni and Shi’a states) and the emergence of ISIS. Despite its prevalence, few scholars have engaged critically with the meaning of the term and its application across the Middle East. Whilst many associate sectarianism with Islam, Sectarianism in the Contemporary Middle East interrogates the political, economic and security factors surrounding the term within both Islam and Judaism, leading to a better understanding of the contemporary politics of the Middle East.

This book was originally published as a special issue of Global Discourse.

Table of Contents

1. People, sects and states: interrogating sectarianism in the contemporary Middle East

Simon Mabon and Lucia Ardovini

2. Dehumanisation in religious and sectarian violence: the case of Islamic State

Gilbert Ramsay

3. The politicisation of sectarianism in Egypt: ‘creating an enemy’ the state vs. the Ikhwan

Lucia Ardovini

4. ‘Jewish sectarianism’ and the State of Israel

Nicola Mathie

5. Reply: Bounding an elusive concept: response to ‘Jewish Sectarianism’ and the State of Israel

Sarah V. Marsden

6. Social protest and the political economy of sectarianism in Lebanon

Hannes Baumann

7. Lebanon’s consociational model, Christian parties and the struggle for political power in post-2005 period

Abbas Assi

8. Reply: Communalism and consociational democracy: a response to Abbas Assi

Thomas Scheffler

9. Contested spaces and sectarian narratives in post-uprising Bahrain

Sossie Kasbarian and Simon Mabon

10. Hamas and the ‘trap’ of sectarianism?

Nina Musgrave

11. Reply: The structure of sectarianism: response to ‘Hamas and the "trap" of sectarianism’

Gordon Clubb

12. Casting the Other as an existential threat: The securitisation of sectarianism in the international relations of the Syria crisis

May Darwich and Tamirace Fakhoury

About the Editors

Simon Mabon is Lecturer in International Relations at the University of Lancaster, Director of the Richardson Institute and a Research Associate at the Foreign Policy Centre, UK.

Lucia Ardovini has recently been awarded her PhD in International Relations by the University of Lancaster, UK. She is a Post-Doctoral Reseach Fellow at the Swedish Institute of International Affairs and a Research Associate at the Richardson Institute.

Subject Categories

BISAC Subject Codes/Headings:
SOCIAL SCIENCE / Regional Studies