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Routledge Handbook of Minorities in the Middle East

Edited by: Paul S. Rowe

Print publication date:  October  2018
Online publication date:  September  2018

Print ISBN: 9781138649040
eBook ISBN: 9781315626031
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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.

Table of contents

Prelims Download PDF
Chapter  1:  Introduction Download PDF
Chapter  2:  Religious minorities in the diversity of Islamic thought Download PDF
Chapter  3:  Balancing identities Download PDF
Chapter  4:  The praxis of Islamist models of citizenship in a post-Arab revolt Middle East Download PDF
Chapter  5:  Minorities, civil society, and the state in the contemporary Middle East Download PDF
Chapter  6:  Tracing the Coptic Question in contemporary Egypt Download PDF
Chapter  7:  The Maronites Download PDF
Chapter  8:  Palestinian Christians Download PDF
Chapter  9:  Persistent perseverance Download PDF
Chapter  10:  Christians from a Muslim background in the Middle East Download PDF
Chapter  11:  The Yezidis Download PDF
Chapter  12:  The Mandaeans in Iraq Download PDF
Chapter  13:  Bahá’ís in the Middle East Download PDF
Chapter  14:  The Alawites of Syria Download PDF
Chapter  15:  Particularism versus integration Download PDF
Chapter  16:  Alevis in Turkey Download PDF
Chapter  17:  The Samaritans Download PDF
Chapter  18:  Shi’i minorities in the Arab world Download PDF
Chapter  19:  The Kurds in the Middle East Download PDF
Chapter  20:  Armenians in the Middle East Download PDF
Chapter  21:  The Palestinian minority IN the state of Israel Download PDF
Chapter  22:  The Bedouin in the Middle East Download PDF
Chapter  23:  The Berbers (Amazigh) Download PDF
Chapter  24:  Sitting at the crossroads Download PDF
Chapter  25:  Minorities and armed conflict in the Middle East Download PDF
Chapter  26:  Middle Eastern minorities in diaspora Download PDF
Chapter  27:  Middle Eastern minorities and the media Download PDF
Chapter  28:  Western advocacy on behalf of religious minorities Download PDF
Index Download PDF
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