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Sectarian Politics in the Gulf: From the Iraq War to the Arab Uprisings

Frederic Wehrey


Beginning with the 2003 invasion of Iraq and concluding with the aftermath of the 2011 Arab uprisings, this book investigates the roots of the Shi'a–Sunni divide now dominating the Persian Gulf's political landscape. Focusing on three Gulf states affected most by sectarian tensions—Bahrain, Saudi Arabia, and Kuwait—it identifies the factors that have exacerbated or tempered sectarianism, including domestic political institutions, the media, clerical establishments, and the contagion effect of external regional events, such as the Iraq War, the 2006 Lebanon conflict, the Arab uprisings, and Syr ... More

Keywords: sectarianism, Arab uprisings, Shi'a–Sunni divide, Persian Gulf, Bahrain, Saudi Arabia, Kuwait, Iraq War, Shi'a, Sunni

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2013 Print ISBN-13: 9780231165129
Published to Columbia Scholarship Online: November 2015 DOI:10.7312/columbia/9780231165129.001.0001


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Frederic Wehrey, author
Carnegie Endowment for International Peace