War within Islam

Dismantling the Sectarian Narrative

June 10, 2014 by Mowaffak Al-Rubaie
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For centuries, sectarianism has played a pivotal role in shaping the social, economic, security, and political relationships between and within various Muslim countries. Over time, the differences deepened to the extent that the two sects have engaged in all out warfare.

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An Interview with Tamara Cofman Wittes: The Politics of Sectarianism in the Middle East

May 20, 2014 by Forum Staff
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Wittes discusses the political dimensions of sectarian conflict in Arab countries such as Syria and Iraq, as well as the policy challenges the United States faces in confronting the ethno-sectarian conflicts in the Middle East.

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Frozen Transience: Young Arab Refugees Stranded in a Hole in Time

April 28, 2014 by Curt Rhodes
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Personal agency must be integrated into humanitarian response and rhetoric describing the war within Islam if we want to prevent extremist, rejectionist outcomes that blind us to the potential for positive change.

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Sectarianism as a Symptom of Kleptocracy Syndrome

April 21, 2014 by Matar Ebrahim Ali Matar
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Sectarianism is being exploited by kleptocratic regimes, and many observers and international powers have become distracted by its symptoms rather than looking at kleptocracy as the cause. 

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