Sectarian Politics in the Gulf

Sectarian Politics in the Gulf

This project brings together a renowned group of scholars to examine the issues of religious, communal, and ethnic identities in the Gulf, and how these impose themselves on both the domestic and international politics of the Gulf.The central aim of this study is to examine the dynamic ways in which evolving sectarian identities and politics in the Gulf region intersect. Encompassing Iran and the states of the Arabian Peninsula, the research project includes topics that focus on how sectarian issues play out in the realms of domestic politics within Gulf states, as well as those that address sectarianism’s impact on inter-state relations within the region.

Background and Scope of the Project

Background and Scope of the Project

Certain streams of scholarship have suggested that conflicts around sectarian identity lie at the very crux of Middle Eastern politics. Sectarianism may be broadly defined as the process through which forms…
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Book Publication

Lawrence G. Potter, ed., Sectarian Politics in the Persian Gulf (Oxford University Press/Hurst, 2014). Long a taboo topic, as well as one that has alarmed outside powers, sectarian conflict in the Middle East is…
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Summary Report

“Sectarian Politics in the Gulf,” CIRS Summary Report no. 7 (Doha, Qatar: Center for International and Regional Studies, 2012). Long a taboo topic, as well as one that has alarmed outside powers, sectarian conflict…
Working Group Meetings

Working Group Meetings

Click here to read about the “Sectarian Politics in the Gulf” Working Group Meeting I Click here to read about the “Sectarian Politics in the Gulf” Working Group Meeting II As an ongoing part…