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The Politics of Mass Violence in the Middle East

Laura Robson


The Mashriq today is characterized by an astonishingly bloody civil war in Syria; an ever more highly racialized and militarized approach to the concept of a Jewish state in Israel and the Palestinian territories; an Iraqi state paralyzed by the emergence of class- and region-inflected sectarian identifications; a Lebanon teetering on the edge of collapse from the pressures of its huge numbers of refugees and its sect-bound political system; and the rise of a wide variety of Islamist paramilitary organizations seeking to operate outside all these states. The region’s emergence as a “zone of vi ... More

Keywords: Middle East, mass violence, genocide, ethnic cleansing, nationalism, imperialism, decolonization, sectarianism, oil, territorialism

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2020 Print ISBN-13: 9780198825036
Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: October 2020 DOI:10.1093/oso/9780198825036.001.0001


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Laura Robson, author
Professor of History, Portland State University