Tuesday, January 12, 2016

The Question of Sectarianism in Middle East Politics

Over the centuries there have been many variations and mutations in the ‘orthodox’ as well as the sectarian formations, and the divisions only broke into conflicts when they were politicised into struggles for power or resources. For the most part, various Shi`ite sects lived quietly under Sunni rule, and were, mostly, left alone. Like elsewhere in the pre-modern world, communities were, typically, isolated in separate localities, except in the main cities 
where they often occupied different quarters. Politicisation came with social conflicts, rebellions and geopolitical confrontations

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