4 credit hours
The eruption of violent sectarianism in Iraq following the US invasion in 2003, brought the question of Sunni-Shi‘i relations in the country to the forefront of the international public agenda But, can any government in Iraq help alleviate the entrenched historical Sunni-Shi‘i rift for the cause of national unity? This course will analyze inter-sectarian relations in Iraq during the 20th
century, with the emergence of new Islamic, Arab and Nationalist affiliations in the evolving new state-system. It will demonstrate that these marks of identity were reshaped time and again as a result of processes of socio-political change that created a complex relationship between sectarianism and nationalism in Iraq of today.