From the Editors
Rosie Bsheer and Ziad Abu-Rish
During the period of the 1940s through the 1960s, regime forces and oil company private security contractors violently crushed anti-colonial and anti-imperialist protest movements in places like Saudi Arabia and Bahrain (among many others), with the explicit approval of and material support from London and Washington D.C. In Saudi Arabia, counter-revolutionary forces decimated these twentieth-century popular leftist and nationalist movements. They also thwarted several ...Keep Reading »
For at least several decades, geopolitical, economic, territorial and ideological considerations have led to serious tensions, if not outright feuds, between the Gulf Cooperation Council (GCC) member states. In recent weeks, however, the regimes of GCC states have shown their citizens that when their authoritarian rule is at stake, they will put aside their differences and put up a united front. Exceptional times, it seems, do call for exceptional measures. As such, the ...Keep Reading »
Rosie Bsheer is a doctoral candidate in the Department of History at Columbia University. Her research centers on the study of historiography, archive theories, and the spatial politics of oil cities. Rosie is Associate Producer of the 2007 Oscar-nominated film “My Country, My Country” and is a Co-Editor of Jadaliyya Ezine. Rosie wrote under the pseudonym Khuloud while she lived in Saudi Arabia from 2009-2011. Her other articles are found here.
Ziad Abu-Rish is a doctoral candidate in the Department of History at the University of California-Los Angeles (UCLA). He is Co-Editor of Jadaliyya Ezine. His other articles can be found here and here.
The upshot of all this is to say, alongside a veritable chorus of academics, activists, policymakers, and citizens in Lebanon and beyond, that sectarianism has been forged over time through specific institutional and discursive practices and, therefore, could be modified or undone.click | email | tweet