Analysis & Opinion

Portraying Israeli and Palestinian Identities on Twitter

by Jason Deegan, John Hogan, Sharon Feeney and Brendan K. O’Rourke

It is 70 years since Israel declared its independence. The process that lead to its foundation was characterised by horrific crimes against the Jewish people and disruption, displacement and occupation for Palestinian society.  Almost forty years ago, Edward Said pointed out that Israelis and Palestinians had come to define themselves […]

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    Studying sectarianism while beating dead horses and searching for third ways

Studying sectarianism while beating dead horses and searching for third ways

by Morten Valbjørn
This memo was presented at a workshop organised by the LSE Middle East Centre on 29 June 2018 looking at the comparative politics of sub-state identity in the Middle East.

The study of the current (re)emergence and evolution of sectarianism in the Middle East has given rise to much debate in academia, but maybe for the wrong reasons. While much […]

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    Ontologies of Sectarian Identity: The Many Layers of Sunni–Shi’a Relations

Ontologies of Sectarian Identity: The Many Layers of Sunni–Shi’a Relations

by Fanar Haddad 
This memo was presented at a workshop organised by the LSE Middle East Centre on 29 June 2018 looking at the comparative politics of sub-state identity in the Middle East.

For the past 15 years or so, the question of sub-state identities in the Middle East (and particularly in the Mashriq) has been disproportionately associated with the Sunni–Shi’a […]

Beyond the Spectre of Sectarianism: The Case of Tunisia

by Teije Hidde Donker
This memo was presented at a workshop organised by the LSE Middle East Centre on 29 June 2018 looking at the comparative politics of sub-state identity in the Middle East.

A spectre of sectarianism is haunting the world. In the last year alone, the New York Times published 204 articles related to the phenomenon – with fourteen articles in the week […]

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    Identity and State Formation in Multi-Sectarian MENA Societies: Relations between Nationalism and Sectarianism

Identity and State Formation in Multi-Sectarian MENA Societies: Relations between Nationalism and Sectarianism

by Raymond Hinnebusch
This memo was presented at a workshop organised by the LSE Middle East Centre on 29 June 2018 looking at the comparative politics of sub-state identity in the Middle East.

What is the relation between such dominant identities in the MENA region as nationalism and sectarianism and what are their consequences for the formation of stable states? Within the state, […]

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