The survival of minorities in a turbulent environment. (c2012)

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dc.contributor.author Abi Ali, Assem
dc.date.accessioned 2013-08-22T08:55:14Z
dc.date.available 2013-08-22T08:55:14Z
dc.date.copyright 2012 en_US
dc.date.issued 2013-08-22
dc.date.submitted 2012-07-31
dc.identifier.uri http://hdl.handle.net/10725/1537
dc.description Includes bibliographical references (leaves 100-106). en_US
dc.description.abstract This thesis examines Druze politics in relation to other sectarian groups, particularly Sunni and Shia in Lebanon and Syria. Politics of Druze in the occupied Golan Heights and within the Israeli political system is also assessed. The central question that this thesis aims to answer is how Druze politics has been implicated by contemporary sectarian awakenings and how it is being articulated in relation to the different power sharing reconfigurations. The rational choice theory is used in order to entertain different responses. Three power sharing coalition-based arrangement scenarios are evaluated: minorities’ alliance, majority-minority alliance, and secular alliance. The rational choice of a minority to join one alliance rather than another is assessed according to both the durability and benefits attained. This thesis implements an opinion study approach of key Druze intellectual and political leaders in order to compare and assess rational choice perspectives in coalition strategies. The findings highlight serious uncertainty and division confronting the Druze in alliance choices amid regional turbulences and political upheavals. At the same time, the thesis reveals the fact that such differences and divisions within the Druze community may better serve its political interest by widening its margin of maneuverability during epoch of uncertain transitions. Thus, under political duress, the thesis rejects both ‘determinism’ and ‘unitarianism’ in minority’s coalition rational choice modality in favor of a situational thesis. en_US
dc.language.iso en_US en_US
dc.subject Druzes -- History en_US
dc.subject Druzes -- Political activity -- Middle East en_US
dc.subject Middle East -- Ethnic relations -- Political aspects en_US
dc.subject Middle East -- Politics and government -- 21st century en_US
dc.subject Arab Spring, 2010- en_US
dc.subject Dissertations, Academic en_US
dc.subject Lebanese American University -- Dissertations en_US
dc.title The survival of minorities in a turbulent environment. (c2012) en_US
dc.type Thesis en_US
dc.title.subtitle The case of the druze in the Arab spring. en_US
dc.term.submitted Summer I en_US
dc.author.degree MA in International Affairs en_US
dc.author.school Arts and Sciences en_US
dc.author.idnumber 200403078 en_US
dc.author.commembers Dr. Sami Baroudi
dc.author.commembers Dr. Marwan Rowayheb
dc.author.woa OA en_US
dc.description.physdesc 1 bound copy: xii, 106 p.; ill.; 30 cm. Available at RNL. en_US
dc.author.division International Affairs en_US
dc.author.advisor Dr. Imad Salamey
dc.keywords Arab Spring en_US
dc.keywords Minorities in MENA region en_US
dc.keywords Minority-minority alliance en_US
dc.keywords Minority majority alliance en_US
dc.keywords Secular alliance en_US
dc.keywords Druze en_US
dc.identifier.doi https://doi.org/10.26756/th.2012.38 en_US
dc.publisher.institution Lebanese American University en_US

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