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Beyond Sunni and Shia: The Roots of Sectarianism in a Changing Middle East

Frederic Wehrey


This collection seeks to advance our understanding of intra-Islamic identity conflict during a period of upheaval in the Middle East. Instead of treating distinctions between and within Sunni and Shia Islam as primordial and immutable, it examines how political economy, geopolitics, domestic governance, social media, non- and sub-state groups, and clerical elites have affected the transformation and diffusion of sectarian identities. Particular attention is paid to how conflicts over distribution of political and economic power have taken on a sectarian quality, and how a variety of actors hav ... More

Keywords: Sectarianism, Sunni, Shia, Religious identity, Middle East, Conflict

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Print publication date: 2018 Print ISBN-13: 9780190876050
Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: February 2019 DOI:10.1093/oso/9780190876050.001.0001


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Frederic Wehrey, editor
Carnegie Endowment for International Peace

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