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Shiism and Politics in the Middle East (Columbia/Hurst)

Louër, Laurence

Verlag: Columbia University Press, 2012
ISBN 10: 0231703287 / ISBN 13: 9780231703284
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Titel: Shiism and Politics in the Middle East (...

Verlag: Columbia University Press

Erscheinungsdatum: 2012

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This Book is in Good Condition. Clean Copy With Light Amount of Wear. 100% Guaranteed. Summary: This short and elegantly written book manages the extraordinarily difficult feat of presenting the reader with a lucid introduction to Shiism in the Middle East that is at the same time full of penetrating insights. Confronting Shiism in the Middle East as a whole, the volume considers the sect's political transformation after the Islamic Revolution and fall of Baathist Iraq, paying particular attention to the changing role of the clergy, the rise of lay authorities, and transnational patterns of religious thought and practice that cannot be divided into neatly marked national categories. Buchnummer des Verkäufers ABE_book_usedgood_0231703287

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Laurence Louër's timely study immediately precedes the outbreak of unrest in Bahrain that triggered the escalation of the so-called Arab Spring of 2011. In addition to issues relating to the role of Shiite Islamist movements in regional politics, she provides context for the Bahraini conflict and Shiism's wider implications as a political force in the Arab Middle East.

Louër's study depicts Bahrain's troubles as a phenomenon rooted in local perceptions of injustice rather than in the fallout from Shiite Iran's foreign policies. She more generally argues that, although Iran's Islamic Revolution had an electrifying effect on Shiite movements in Lebanon, Iraq, Saudi Arabia, and the Gulf, local political imperatives ultimately have been the crucial driver of developments within Shiite movements -- though Lebanon's Hezbollah remains an exception. In addition, the rise of lay activists within Shiite movements across the Middle East and the emergence of Shiite anticlericalism have diminished the overwhelming influence of the Shiite clerical institution. Louër ultimately dispels the myth that Iran has determined the politics of Iraq, Bahrain, and other Arab states with significant Shiite populations. As revolution continues to spread across the Middle East, her analysis couldn't be more clarifying or necessary.

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Laurence Louër is a research fellow at CERI/Sciences Po in Paris. She is the editor in chief of the French peer-reviewed journal Critique Internationale and served as a permanent consultant for the policy planning staff of the French Ministry of Foreign Affairs from 2004 to 2009. She is also the author of Transnational Shia Politics: Political and Religious Networks in the Gulf and To Be An Arab in Israel.

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