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Center for Middle East Studies

Sectarianism and "Sectarianization"

Welcome to the Center for Middle East Studies' sectarianism and sectarianization resource page, where you will find links to the latest and best articles and opinion pieces by many of the contributors to our latest book, Sectarianization: Mapping the New Politics of the Middle East (Hurst, 2016).


Info Guide on the Sunni-Shia Divide (Council on Foreign Relations)

Articles, reports & working papers

Steven Heydemann
Syria's Uprising: sectarianism, regionalisation, and state order in the Levant

Marwa Daoudy
Sectarianism in Syria: myth and reality

Joshua Landis
The Great Sorting Out: Ethnicity & the Future of the Levant

Islamic Education in Syria: Undoing Secularism

Why Syria is the Gordian Knot of Obama's Anti-ISIL Campaign

Aaron Reese
Sectarian and Regional Conflict in the Middle East

Ambassador Frederic Hof and Alex Simon
Sectarian Violence in Syria’s Civil War: Causes, Consequences, and Recommendations for Mitigation

Yezid Sayigh
Are the Sykes-Picot Borders Being Redrawn?

Syria’s Very Local Regional Conflict

Paulo Gabriel Hilu Pinto
Syria: Traditions of Protest and the Reconfiguration of Baathist Authoritarianism


Elisheva Machlis
Shi'i Sectarianism in the Middle East: Modernisation and the Quest for Islamic Universalism

Toby Matthiesen
Sectarian Gulf: Bahrain, Saudi Arabia, and the Arab Spring That Wasn't

Paul W. T. Kingston
Reproducing Sectarianism: Advocacy Networks and the Politics of Civil Society in Postwar Lebanon

Frederic M. Wehrey
Sectarian Politics in the Gulf: From the Iraq War to the Arab Uprisings

Lawrence G. Potter (editor)
Sectarian Politics in the Persian Gulf

Ussama Makdisi
The Culture of Sectarianism: Community, History, and Violence in Nineteenth-Century Ottoman Lebanon

Vali Nasr
The Shia Revival: How Conflicts within Islam Will Shape the Future

 News reports & Columns

Salameh Kaileh & Victorios Shams
"What is Sectarianism in the Middle East?"

Madawi Al-Rasheed
"Middle East Dictators Feed Sectarianism"

Mohammad Dibo
"Assad's Secular Sectarianism"

Aron Lund
"The Political Geography of Syria's War: An Interview with Fabrice Balanche"