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The New Sectarianism: The Arab Uprisings and the Rebirth of the Shi'a-Sunni Divide

Geneive Abdo


The Shi’a–Sunni conflict is one of the most significant outcomes arising from the Arab rebellions. Yet, there is little understanding of who is driving this tension and the underlying causes. By delving deeply into the historical factors leading up to the present-day conflict, The New Sectarianism sheds new light on how Shi’a and Sunni perceive one another after the Arab uprisings, how these perceptions have affected the Arab world, and why the dream of a pan-Islamic awakening is misplaced. A historical backdrop is presented that serves as a counterpoint to Western media coverage of the so-cal ... More

Keywords: Arab uprisings, Islam, Shi’a–Sunni conflict, sectarianism

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2017 Print ISBN-13: 9780190233143
Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: December 2016 DOI:10.1093/acprof:oso/9780190233143.001.0001


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Geneive Abdo, author
Fellow, Middle East Program, The Stimson Center, Washington, DC