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Securing Sectarian Difference, or: The Failure of Desectarianization in Bahrain?
Securing Sectarian Difference, or: The Failure of Desectarianization in Bahrain? 26th Apr 2022

Chapter 1, Article 1 of the constitution of Bahrain declares that “The Kingdom of Bahrain is a fully sovereign, independent, Islamic Arab State whose population is part of the Arab nation and whose territory is part of great Arab homeland...

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The Hyper-normalisation of Crisis in Lebanon
The Hyper-normalisation of Crisis in Lebanon 26th Apr 2022

One of the key motives behind sectarian politics is representation. When sectarianism encroaches on state institutions, representation becomes a euphemistic language for sectarian contentions over state resources. As part of  Read More

Sacred and Sectarian Games
Sacred and Sectarian Games 6th Apr 2022

"Poor fellow, he’s not a good enough Hindu" […] “where does that leave you and me?” Sartaj said. “I’m not a very good Hindu”[…] “sartaj”, he said, “you’re not even a good Sikh” (Chandra, 2006:77...

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Understanding the nexus between division and solidarity in protest spaces: Reflections from Lebanon’s Tripoli
Understanding the nexus between division and solidarity in protest spaces: Reflections from Lebanon’s Tripoli 20th Jan 2022

Many of the largest and most well-known protest movements in recent history - from Occupy Wall Street to the Egyptian Revolution - have an important thing in common: They remind us about the critical role of urban spaces in contentious politics. S...

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Fellowship Opportunity
Fellowship Opportunity 14th Jan 2022

In 2022 SEPAD plans to add 2 Fellows to its team for a period of 6 months. During this period, SEPAD expects the successful applicant to do the following: &nbs...

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Publications and Activities - Oct 2021
Publications and Activities - Oct 2021 18th Oct 2021

Our Fellows have produced a large number of articles over the past few months and here are some highlights.

Simon Mabon

‘Afterword: sectarianisation beyond the Middle East’, Religion, State and Soc...

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Reflections on the Palestinian Identity
Reflections on the Palestinian Identity 21st Jun 2021

For the first time since I was seven years old I felt again this sense of shared Palestinian identity. On the 18th of May 2021, Palestinians –- regardless of their attributed status as given to them by Israel – i.e. the West Bank, the Gaza Str...

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Prospects of Revolution in the Middle East: A Question of Resources
Prospects of Revolution in the Middle East: A Question of Resources 20th Jun 2021

This essay is part of a SEPAD report reflecting on the Middle East in 2050.


Revolutions are not predictable events. They do not follow a formula, nor a linear process in which anger culminates into a large scale uprisin...

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Security provision and external actors in Iraq – insights from a recent survey
Security provision and external actors in Iraq – insights from a recent survey 20th Jun 2021

This essay is part of a SEPAD report reflecting on the Middle East in 2050.


The Iraqi government faces substantial economic, political and security related challenges which intersect with Iraq’s complex relations to i...

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