In the Middle East, pluralism, tolerance and civil rights appear to be under threat from increasing levels of communal violence, authoritarianism and religious identity politics. In response, a number of citizen-led movements have emerged across the region.
From young Kurds seeking to refute the nationalist narratives of their aging rulers to Lebanese initiatives to supplant sectarian warlords, how are grassroots initiatives working to create more inclusive rights and citizenship? And what alternatives have emerged to identity-based politics in the region?
Who can, and who should, rewrite core narratives of who belongs and on what basis?
How do religious and non-religious minorities envision their future in the region?
On what basis can communities enjoy citizenship or seek rights in an era when law increasingly draws on religion and majoritarianism for its legitimacy?
This event is hosted in partnership with The Century Foundation.
Thanassis Cambanis, Senior Fellow, The Century Foundation
Maria Fantappie, Senior Adviser, International Crisis Group
Karl Sharro, Architect and Satirist; Co-Author, Manifesto: Towards a New Humanism in Architecture
Chair: Dr Lina Khatib, Head, Middle East and North Africa Programme, Chatham House