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Marlene Schäfers


Power, Sect, and State in Syria

A. Maria A. Kastrinou, Power, Sect and State in Syria: The Politics of Marriage and Identity amongst the Druze. London and New York: I.B. Tauris, 2016. How has Syria, a country that was deemed “stable” by analysts only years ago, become engulfed in an utterly brutal war? Under what circumstances does intercommunal cohesion turn into sectarian strife? Focusing on the fine line between violence and intimacy in a variety of different settings in pre-war Syria, Maria ...

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Marlene Schäfers is currently a Marie Skłodowska-Curie Post-Doctoral Researcher at Ghent University’s Middle East and North Africa Research Group (Department of Conflict and Development). She received her PhD degree in Social Anthropology from the University of Cambridge in 2016. Her dissertation investigates Kurdish women’s attempts at making their voices heard in intimate, public and political spheres in Turkey, and analyses the effects of the public voicing of experiences of gendered and political violence. Currently she is working on a research project that explores practices of Kurdish political martyrdom in Turkey. Her publications are available at: