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Sectarianization: Mapping the New Politics of the Middle East
Mon 8 May 2017, 18:00 – 19:30 BST
As the Middle East descends ever deeper into violence and chaos, ‘sectarianism’ has become a catch-all explanation for the region’s troubles. The turmoil is attributed to ‘ancient sectarian differences’, putatively primordial forces that make violent conflict intractable. In media and policy discussions, sectarianism has come to possess trans-historical causal power.
In this book launch, editors Nader Hashemi and Danny Postel join Madawi Al-Rasheed, Toby Matthiesen and Eskandar Sadeghi-Boroujerdi to challenge the use of ‘sectarianism’ as a magic-bullet explanation for the region’s ills, focusing on how various conflicts in the Middle East have morphed from non-sectarian (or cross-sectarian) and nonviolent movements into sectarian wars.
Speakers: Nader Hashemi, University of Denver; Danny Postel, University of Denver; Madawi Al-Rasheed, LSE Middle East Centre; Toby Matthiesen, University of Oxford; Eskandar Sadeghi-Boroujerdi, University of Manchester
About the speakers:
Nader Hashemi (@naderalihashemi) is Director of the Center for Middle East Studies and an Associate Professor of Middle East and Islamic Politics at the Josef Korbel School of International Studies at the University of Denver.
Danny Postel (@DannyPostel) is Assistant Director of the Center for Middle East Studies at the University of Denver.
Madawi Al-Rasheed (@MadawiDr) is Visiting Professor at the LSE Middle East Centre.
Toby Matthiesen (@TobyMatthiesen) is a Senior Research Fellow in the International Relations of the Middle East at the Middle East Centre, St. Antony's College, University of Oxford.
Eskandar Sadeghi-Boroujerdi is a historian of modern Iran and Associate Editor of the British Journal of Middle Eastern Studies and British Academy Postdoctoral Fellow in the Department of History, University of Manchester.