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Strife Feature | The Middle-East and the question of Qatar: Political Islam vs Secular Islam?

September 28, 2017

By Guillaume Beaud Analysing events occurring in the Middle-East and North Africa always requires an analytical grid. Two of the most commonly mobilised are a confessional approach, the Sunni/Shia divide; and a social class approach that emphasises social fractures between traditional elites and civil societies. Initially, most upheavals are better understood through social struggles opposing … Continue reading “Strife Feature | The Middle-East and the question of Qatar: Political Islam vs Secular Islam?”


Strife Feature | Sunni-Shia Conflicts: From A Trick To A Reality

September 16, 2017

By Guillaume Beaud Most Western observers analyse a vast majority of Middle-Eastern upheavals as a Sunni-Shia conflict. Increasingly mobilized since the King of Jordan Abdullah II warned about a “Shia Crescent” in 2003 after the fall of Saddam Hussein’s regime in Iraq. Syria, Yemen and the tensions between Iran and Saudi Arabia quickly fell into … Continue reading “Strife Feature | Sunni-Shia Conflicts: From A Trick To A Reality”


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