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Center for Middle East Studies


Center for Middle East Studies


We are thrilled to announce that our latest book publication,  Sectarianization: Mapping the New Politics of the Middle East will be published by Hurst Publishing this coming year. The UK version will be published in late October 2016, and the US version will be available for purchase in early 2017.

'The master narrative that everything in the Middle East is explained by religious fanaticism has a long history in the West. Paradoxically, in our own era it has, if anything, become more inescapable than it was in the day of Martin Luther, despite the proliferation of social science about the region in the Western academy. Hashemi and Postel do an enormous service by bringing together in one volume a mass of research knocking down the "sectarianism thesis." It is essential for anyone who wants truly to understand this crucial region.' — Juan Cole