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Bottling up Urban Space: Unpacking Contesting Sovereign Power and Environmental Insecurity in the Greater Beirut Area (GBA)
Bottling up Urban Space: Unpacking Contesting Sovereign Power and Environmental Insecurity in the Greater Beirut Area (GBA) 4th Mar 2020

Since the civil war, the inhabitants in the Greater Beirut Area (GBA) has routinely been exposed to waste management issues and efforts to regulate them. In the summer of 2015, protesters took to the street after rubbish started accumulatin...

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Caste and Caste Based Sectarianism in India
Caste and Caste Based Sectarianism in India 4th Mar 2020

Anderson Jeremiah, Lancaster University

The ancient Indian cultural practice of caste system forms the backbone of Hindu social order. It maps on to the geographical diversity of language, culture and religion, most i...

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Reimagining Belfast:  Obstacles and opportunities since the Good Friday Agreement
Reimagining Belfast: Obstacles and opportunities since the Good Friday Agreement 3rd Mar 2020

Cathal McManus, Queen's University Belfast.

In April 2018 Northern Ireland marked the twentieth anniversary of the signing of the Belfast/Good Friday Agreement. The occ...

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Rethinking the right to the divided city: An analysis of non-sectarian memorywork as political activism 29th Feb 2020

While sectarianized conflict cannot simply be attributed to ancient hatreds, sectarian groups construct memory to advance divisive contemporary political projects. Sectarian groups use memory to legitimate the idea that they are the true t...

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Sects and the City: Reflections from Manama
Sects and the City: Reflections from Manama 29th Feb 2020

In 1982, a roundabout was constructed just south of the intersection of King Faisal Highway and the Sheikh Khalifa ibn Salman Highway in 1982 in Manama, Bahrain. At the centre of the roundabout was a monument serving as a symbol of the archipelago...

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Sectarianism, sovereignty and Houses built on sand
Sectarianism, sovereignty and Houses built on sand 17th Feb 2020

Over recent months, protesters have taken to the streets of Iraq and Lebanon, expressing anger at ongoing political, social and economic crises. Referred to by some as a ‘second wave’ of Arab Uprisings, these are merely the latest manifestatio...

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Book series
Book series 15th Jan 2020

After the Arab Uprisings and the ensuing fragmentation of regime– society relations across the Middle East, identities and geopolitics have become increasingly contested, with serious implications for the ordering of political life at dom...

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Special Section: Nations and Nationalism
Special Section: Nations and Nationalism 9th Jan 2020

SEPAD fellows have contributed to a special section of Nations and Nationalism (organised by Toby Dodge) exploring tensions between Wataniyya and Ta’ifia. The special section (available Read More

​  A Curious Form of Justice in Modern Bahraini History:  Being Hard on Shi’a and Soft on Sunnis
​ A Curious Form of Justice in Modern Bahraini History: Being Hard on Shi’a and Soft on Sunnis 26th Nov 2019

This piece is taken from the SEPAD report ‘Sectarianism in the Longue Duree’ available here: https://www.sepad.org.uk/report/sectarianism-in-the-longue-dure...

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