Transcending sectarianism through minority rights in Iraq

Castellino, Joshua and Keane, David (2012) Transcending sectarianism through minority rights in Iraq. International Journal of Contemporary Iraqi Studies, 5 (3) . pp. 387-407. ISSN 1751-2867 [Article] (doi:10.1386/ijcis.5.3.387_1)


The emergence of a Shia-majority Iraqi state has provoked a debate on the nature of Shia Islam, and its potential for control of the wider Middle East. As a result some commentators have pointed to what is termed a 'Shia revival' or awakening, with Iraq the nexus where many of these critical issues are converging. Through the prism of the 'Shia revival' proposal, this article argues that the re-conceptualization of the emerging Iraqi state in Shia-majority terms is misguided. It seeks to provide an overview of three major developments in the Shia identity in Iraq: the background to the disenfranchisement of the Shia grouping in modern Iraq; the Shia intifada after the first Gulf War; and the devastating insurgency post-2003. The final section counters the arguments for a Shia revival, pointing instead to the human rights discourse with a specific emphasis on minority rights provisions as a more appropriate framework for representative government within the state.

Item Type: Article
Keywords (uncontrolled): Shia intifada; Shia revival; authoritarianism; insurgency; minority rights; remedies; sectarianism
Research Areas: A. > School of Law
A. > School of Law > Law and Politics
Item ID: 13236
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Depositing User: Devika Mohan
Date Deposited: 17 Apr 2014 06:38
Last Modified: 13 Oct 2016 14:30

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