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Compulsion in Religion: Saddam Hussein, Islam, and the Roots of Insurgencies in Iraq

Samuel Helfont


Compulsion in Religion relies on extensive research with Ba’thist archives to investigate the roots of the religious insurgencies that erupted in Iraq following the American-led invasion in 2003. The Iraqi archival records demonstrate that by the 1990s, Saddam’s regime had developed institutions to control and monitor Iraq’s religious landscape. The regime’s ability to do so provided it with confidence to launch a national “Faith Campaign” and to inject religion into Iraqi politics in a controlled manner. Islam played a greater role in the regime’s symbols and Saddam Hussein’s statements in th ... More

Keywords: Iraq, Ba’th, Saddam Hussein, authoritarianism, Islam, religion, Faith Campaign, insurgency, ISIS

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2018 Print ISBN-13: 9780190843311
Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: April 2018 DOI:10.1093/oso/9780190843311.001.0001


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Samuel Helfont, author
Lecturer in International Relations, University of Pennsylvania