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Sites of Pluralism: Community Politics in the Middle East

Firat Oruc


Scholars and policymakers, struggling to make sense of the ongoing chaos in the Middle East, have focused on the possible causes of the escalation in both inter-state and intra-state conflict. But the Arab Spring has shown the urgent need for new ways to frame difference, both practically and theoretically. For some, a fundamental incompatibility between different ethno-linguistic and religious communities lies at the root of these conflicts; these divisions are thought to impede any form of political resolution or social cohesion. But little work has been done to explore how these tensions ma ... More

Keywords: Pluralism in the Middle East, Community politics in the Middle East, State policies on diversity, Minority rights in the Middle East

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Print publication date: 2019 Print ISBN-13: 9780190052713
Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: September 2019 DOI:10.1093/oso/9780190052713.001.0001


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Firat Oruc, editor
Georgetown University

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Part 1 State–Community Relations

1 Between Faith and State*

Kathleen A. Cavanaugh

Part 2 Frontiers of Identity

6 Millet Ethnicity

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7 Colorblind or Blinded by Color?

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8 Cultural Cleansing and Iconoclasm Under the Islamic State

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