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Sectarianism without Sects

Azmi Bishara


This book develops a theory of sectarianism and its relationship with communities of shared religion and with the emergence of imagined communities of this kind. Distinguishing between social sectarianism and political sectarianism, it discusses the relationship of political sectarianism to communities of religion as pre-existing social-historical entities. The main concern of the study, however, is to investigate how modern sectarianism invents imagined religious communities, or ta’ifas in Arabic. It does this by exploring sectarianism in various Arab countries. The book puts forward five the ... More

Keywords: Sectarianism, Sect, identity, Confessionalism, social sectarianism, political sectarianism, theory of sectarianism, imagined community, ethics, modern state

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2021 Print ISBN-13: 9780197602744
Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: September 2021 DOI:10.1093/oso/9780197602744.001.0001


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Azmi Bishara, author
Arab Center for Research and Policy Studies