By Lawrence G. Potter

lengthy a taboo subject, in addition to one who has alarmed open air powers, sectarian clash within the heart East is at the upward push. The individuals to this ebook study sectarian politics within the Persian Gulf, together with the GCC states, Yemen, Iran and Iraq, and examine the origins and con- sequences of sectarianism extensively construed, because it impacts ethnic, tribal and spiritual teams. in addition they current a theoretical and comparative framework for figuring out sectarianism, in addition to country-specific chapters in accordance with fresh learn within the region. Key concerns which are scrutinised comprise the character of sectarianism, how id strikes from a passive to an lively kingdom, and the mechanisms that set off clash. The suggestions of governments resembling rentier economies and the 'invention' of partisan nationwide histories that inspire or deal with sectarian adjustments also are highlighted, as is the position of out of doors powers in fostering sectarian strife. the amount additionally seeks to explain even if activities equivalent to the Islamic revival or the Arab Spring vague the continuing salience of spiritual and ethnic cleavages.

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