Sectarianism in the Lebanese and Syrian Civil War

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Sectarianism in the Lebanese and Syrian Civil War

Type: Bachelor thesis
Title: Sectarianism in the Lebanese and Syrian Civil War
Author: Bos, Joris
Issue Date: 2016-03-01
Keywords: Sectarianism
Civil War
Abstract: “In a region beset with chronic and widespread problems, ranging from poor governance, war, violent extremism, and resource scarcity, one threat stands above the rest in terms of potential for destruction and cost in opportunity: the use of sectarianism as a geopolitical weapon. Sectarianism encourages extremist rhetoric and violence and serves to distract a populations from economic and social concerns by providing a convenient enemy on which to focus.” This quote by the Soufan group, a strategic security consulting group, displays an opinion that is shared by mainstream media across the globe. The Middle East has apparently fallen into a state of religious extremism where violent sectarianism is every day’s business. Current day Syria seems to be the focal point of all this sectarian violence. This paper tries to analyse what exactly that sectarian violence entails in the SYrian Civil War, and whether we should indeed look at it as a sectarian conflict, or rather a conflict with sectarian aspects.
Supervisor: Warnaar, Maaike
Faculty: Faculty of Humanities
Department: Middenoostenstudies (Bachelor)
Specialisation: Modern Middle Eastern Studies
ECTS Credits: 20

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