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Arcs of Global JusticeEssays in Honour of William A. Schabas$
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Margaret M. deGuzman and Diane Marie Amann

Print publication date: 2018

Print ISBN-13: 9780190272654

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: January 2018

DOI: 10.1093/oso/9780190272654.001.0001

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The Politics of Sectarianism and Its Reflection in Questions of International Law and State Formation in the Middle East

The Politics of Sectarianism and Its Reflection in Questions of International Law and State Formation in the Middle East

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(p.65) 4 The Politics of Sectarianism and Its Reflection in Questions of International Law and State Formation in the Middle East
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Arcs of Global Justice
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Kathleen Cavanaugh

Joshua Castellino

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Oxford University Press
DOI:10.1093/oso/9780190272654.003.0005

As the relationships between communities (majority and minority) within states in the Middle East are recalibrated and competition for access to political and economic decision-making institutions intensifies, this chapter focuses on how identity politics are constructed in the Middle East. It provides a general overview of the historical social formation of regional identities, and explores the politicisation of identity and growth of sectarianism in the region. The chapter concludes by reflecting on how entrepreneurial sectarianism has taken root in Iraq exacerbated by tensions related to the transition, changing the identity landscape and threatening the physical boundaries in the region, and generating newer antagonisms that mapped onto external and internal political ambition.

Keywords:   minorities, Middle East, Iraq, identity politics, regional identities

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