From the Editors
I am hesitant to write about sectarianism because I once heard that writing about divisions only increases awareness of them and deepens them. But regional commentators—and some international ones—seem to be writing about sects in the Middle East in a purely polemical manner. However, the Kuwaiti case is instructive for understanding that sectarianism isn’t necessarily a fact of life in the Gulf, and that the polemics employed throughout the region at present, while they ...Keep Reading »
Lindsey Stephenson is a doctoral candidate in the Near East Studies Department at Princeton University. She works primarily on modern history of the Gulf and Indian Ocean, and has published on Kuwaiti politics and society. She is Co-Editor of the Critical Currents in Islam Page.