Past event

Research Event

Sectarianism In Iraq: Antagonistic Visions of Unity

Chatham House, London

Middle East and North Africa Programme

Participants

Dr Fanar Haddad, author, Sectarianism In Iraq: Antagonistic Visions of Unity (Hurst, 2011)
Discussants: Nussaibah Younis, Durham University
Jane Kinninmont, Senior Research Fellow, Middle East and North Africa Programme, Chatham House
Chair: Professor Gareth Stansfield, Associate Fellow, Middle East and North Africa Programme, Chatham House

Overview

Viewing Iraq from the outside is made easier by compartmentalising its Arab population into Shi'as and Sunnis. But can such broad terms, inherently resistant to accurate quantification, description and definition, ever be a useful reflection of any society?

Dr Fanar Haddad will present the findings of his new book, Sectarianism In Iraq: Antagonistic Visions of Unity, the first comprehensive examination of sectarian relations and sectarian identities in Iraq. The discussion will also consider the relevance of these ideas and experiences to the broader Middle East region, where Saudi-Iranian rivalry continues to stoke sectarian tensions in Lebanon, Bahrain, Kuwait and other countries.

For more information please contact the Middle East and North Africa Programme.