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Break all the Borders – Separatism and the Reshaping of the Middle East - Oxford Scholarship Online
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Break all the Borders: Separatism and the Reshaping of the Middle East

Ariel I. Ahram


Since 2011, civil wars and state failure have beset the Arab world, underlying the perceived misalignment between national borders and identity in the region. This book is about the separatist movements that aim to remake those borders—the Southern Movement in Yemen, the federalists in eastern Libya, Kurdish nationalists in Syria and Iraq, and the Islamic State (IS). These movements took advantage of state breakdown to seize territory and set up states-within-states. They ran schools, hospitals, and court systems. Their militias provided security to those whom the state had failed. Separatists ... More

Keywords: Middle East, separatism, civil war, sovereignty, Iraq, Libya, Syria, Yemen, Kurds, Islamic State

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2019 Print ISBN-13: 9780190917371
Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: February 2019 DOI:10.1093/oso/9780190917371.001.0001


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Ariel I. Ahram, author
Associate Professor of Political Science, Virginia Tech

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