Routledge Handbook of Minorities in the Middle East

Routledge Handbook of Minorities in the Middle East

by Paul S Rowe

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Overview

The Routledge Handbook of Minorities in the Middle East gathers a diverse team of international scholars, each of whom provides unique expertise into the status and prospects of minority populations in the region. The dramatic events of the past decade, from the Arab Spring protests to the rise of the Islamic state, have brought the status of these populations onto centre stage. The overturn of various long-term autocratic governments in states such as Tunisia, Egypt, Libya, and Yemen, and the ongoing threat to government stability in Syria, Iraq, and Lebanon have all contributed to a new assertion of majoritarian politics amid demands for democratization and regime change. In the midst of the dramatic changes and latent armed conflict, minority populations have been targeted, marginalized, and victimized. Calls for social and political change have led many to contemplate the ways in which citizenship and governance may be changed to accommodate minorities – or indeed if such change is possible.

At a time when the survival of minority populations and the utility of the label minority has been challenged, this handbook answers the following set of research questions.What are the unique challenges of minority populations in the Middle East? How do minority populations integrate into their host societies, both as a function of their own internal choices, and as a response to majoritarian consensus on their status? Finally, given their inherent challenges, and the vast, sweeping changes that have taken place in the region over the past decade, what is the future of these minority populations? What impact have minority populations had on their societies, and to what extent will they remain prominent actors in their respective settings?

This handbook presents leading-edge research on a wide variety of religious, ethnic, and other minority populations. By reclaiming the notion of minorities in Middle Eastern settings, we seek to highlight the agency of minority communities in defining their past, present, and future.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781317233787
Publisher: Taylor & Francis
Publication date: 09/20/2018
Sold by: Barnes & Noble
Format: NOOK Book
Pages: 436
File size: 2 MB

About the Author

Paul S. Rowe is Professor in the Department of Political and International Studies, Trinity Western University, Canada.

Table of Contents

1. Introduction: Reclaiming "Minorities" in the Middle East
Paul S. Rowe

Section One: Majority-Minority Relations in the Middle East

2. Religious Minorities in the Diversity of Islamic Thought
David D. Grafton

3. Balancing Identities: Minorities and Arab Nationalism
Noah Haiduc-Dale

4. The Praxis of Islamist Models of Citizenship in a Post-Arab Revolt Middle East: Implications for Religious Pluralism
Mariz Tadros

5. Minorities, Civil Society, and the State in the Contemporary Middle East: a Framework for Analysis
Paul Kingston

Section Two: Religious Minorities

6. Tracing the Coptic Question in Contemporary Egypt
Vivian Ibrahim

7. The Maronites
Alexander D. M. Henley

8. Palestinian Christians: Situating Selves in a Dislocated Present
Mark Daniel Calder

9. Persistent Perseverance: a Trajectory of Assyrian History in the Modern Age
Sargon George Donabed

10. Christians from a Muslim Background in the Middle East
Duane Alexander Miller

11. The Yezidis: an Ancient People, Tragedy, and Struggle for Survival
Birgül Aҫikyildiz-Sengül

12. The Mandaeans in Iraq
Shak Hanish

13. Bahá’ís in the Middle East
Geoffrey Cameron with Nazila Ghanea

14. The Alawites of Syria: the Costs of Minority Rule
Leon T. Goldsmith

15. Particularism versus Integration: the Druze Communities in the Modern Middle East
Yusri Hazran

16. Alevis in Turkey
Ali Çarkoğlu and Ezgi Elçi

17. The Samaritans
Monika Schreiber

18. Shi’i Minorities in the Arab World
Laurence Louër

Section Three: Ethnic Minorities

19. The Kurds in the Middle East
David Romano

20. Armenians in the Middle East: from Marginalization to the Everyday
Tsolin Nalbantian

21. The Palestinian Minority in the State of Israel: Challenging Jewish Hegemony in Difficult Times
Aviad Rubin

22. The Bedouin in the Middle East
Sarab Abu-Rabia-Queder

23. The Berbers (Amazigh)
Bruce Maddy-Weitzman

Section Four: Emerging Issues and Minorities in the Middle East

24. Sitting at the Crossroads: Sexual Minorities in the Middle East
Merouan Mekouar and Jean Zaganiaris

25. Minorities and Armed Conflict in the Middle East
Paul S. Rowe

26. Middle Eastern Minorities in Diaspora
Andreas Schmoller

27. Middle Eastern Minorities and the Media
Elizabeth Monier

28. Western Advocacy on Behalf of Religious Minorities: Practical Reflections
Chris Seiple and Andrew Doran

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