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 student at the Aga Khan University – Institute for the Study of Muslim Civilizations. She was a Fulbright fellow to Kuwait where she conducted research on traditional social gatherings (diwaniyyat) and has also worked in the policy field in Washington D.C. She has contributed articles to Foreign Policy’s Middle East Channel, The Middle East in London Magazine, and the CSIS Middle East Notes and Comment.