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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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What do Lebanon and Iraq’s protests tell us about the theories of sectarian conflict?
What do Lebanon and Iraq’s protests tell us about the theories of sectarian conflict? 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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The contradictions of systemic sectarianism in Iraq
The contradictions of systemic sectarianism in Iraq 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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Sectarian Games in the Longue Durée
Sectarian Games in the Longue Durée 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-du...

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Iraqi Kurds and De-Sectarianization
Iraqi Kurds and De-Sectarianization 15th Nov 2019

A piece by Thanos Trappelides


During the last weeks, thousands of individuals have been protesting in Baghdad and across southern areas of Iraq against the failure of the government to deliver basic goods and economic prosperity f...

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