Book launch seminar held on Tuesday, 9 May 2017
As the Middle East descends ever deeper into violence and chaos, ‘sectarianism’ has become a catch-all explanation for the region’s troubles. The turmoil is attributed to ‘ancient sectarian differences’, putatively primordial forces that make violent conflict intractable. In media and policy discussions, sectarianism has come to possess trans-historical causal power.
In this book launch, editors Nader Hashemi and Danny Postel challenge the use of ‘sectarianism’ as a magic-bullet explanation for the region’s ills, focusing on how various conflicts in the Middle East have morphed from non-sectarian (or cross-sectarian) and nonviolent movements into sectarian wars.
Watch a short video on the book here: youtu.be/AKIBFfN5OfM
The event is chaired by Leïla Vignal.
About the speakers
Nader Hashemi (@naderalihashemi) is Director of the Center for Middle East Studies and an Associate Professor of Middle East and Islamic Politics at the Josef Korbel School of International Studies at the University of Denver.