In Sectarian Middle East, Further State Divisions May Do More Harm Than Good

To explain what’s happening in Iraq and Syria, the West is relying on conservative models and Orientalism, not analyzing the reality.

Sunnis versus Shi'ites? Tribesmen versus city dwellers? A return to the ancient Islamic period? Perhaps to the pre-national period? Once again, the old, conservative models are being pulled out – the ones that do not acknowledge particularist nationalism or political aspirations, and which pin the explanation for the events in

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