Communitarian Politics in the Middle East and The Sunni-Shia Balance of Power

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dc.contributor.author Zaiter, Bashar
dc.date.accessioned 2022-07-19T06:44:06Z
dc.date.available 2022-07-19T06:44:06Z
dc.date.copyright 2020 en_US
dc.date.issued 2020-05-17
dc.identifier.uri http://hdl.handle.net/10725/13836
dc.description.abstract Sectarian contention has shaped Middle Eastern politics for centuries, in addition to the historic grievances over the right to leadership succession and power. It has been extended to contemporary disputes that have deepened economic, social, and political rivalry among sectarian communities in the region. The current Saudi-Iranian standoff is among the most serious divisions, prompting each side to assert regional control and influence through proxies. The outcome has been a raging and protracted social conflict, expanding across multiple countries. This thesis maps existing sectarian conflict drivers within the context of Azar’s Protracted Social Conflict (PSC). It conducts a Transnational Conflict analysis (TNC) to reveal the multi-level drivers rooted in contemporary Sunni-Shia sectarian divide. The different TNC levels are closely examined in light of transnational proxy armed actors (Hezbollah, Islamic State, and Qaeda) and intra-state national actors (in Iraq, Lebanon, and Yemen). Particular examination focuses on Velayat-e faqih as an ideological catalyst insinuating a disruption of the traditional Middle Eastern Sunni-dominant balance of power. This thesis seeks to identify the root causes of the sectarian-based PSC and to explore potential mitigation propositions. en_US
dc.language.iso en en_US
dc.subject Communitarianism -- Middle East en_US
dc.subject Sunnites -- Relations -- Shi'ah en_US
dc.subject Shi'ah -- Relations -- Sunnites en_US
dc.subject Middle East -- Politics and government en_US
dc.subject Lebanese American University -- Dissertations en_US
dc.subject Dissertations, Academic en_US
dc.title Communitarian Politics in the Middle East and The Sunni-Shia Balance of Power en_US
dc.type Thesis en_US
dc.term.submitted Spring en_US
dc.author.degree MA in International Affairs en_US
dc.author.school SAS en_US
dc.author.idnumber 201501566 en_US
dc.author.commembers Rowayheb, Marwan
dc.author.commembers Helou, Joseph
dc.author.department Social and Education Sciences en_US
dc.description.physdesc 1 online resource (x, 91 leaves) en_US
dc.author.advisor Salamey, Imad
dc.keywords Sectarian conflict en_US
dc.keywords Sunni en_US
dc.keywords Shia en_US
dc.keywords Velayat-e faqih en_US
dc.keywords Political domination en_US
dc.keywords Power distribution en_US
dc.keywords Protracted social conflict en_US
dc.keywords PSC en_US
dc.keywords Transnational conflict en_US
dc.keywords TNC en_US
dc.keywords Saudi Arabia en_US
dc.keywords Iran en_US
dc.keywords Lebanon en_US
dc.keywords Yemen en_US
dc.keywords Iraq en_US
dc.keywords Conflict prevention en_US
dc.description.bibliographiccitations Bibliography: leaf 81-91. en_US
dc.identifier.doi https://doi.org/10.26756/th.2022.362 en_US
dc.author.email bashar.zaiter@lau.edu en_US
dc.identifier.tou http://libraries.lau.edu.lb/research/laur/terms-of-use/thesis.php en_US
dc.publisher.institution Lebanese American University en_US
dc.author.affiliation Lebanese American University en_US

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