Arab Traditions of Anti-Sectarianism

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Organizing Institution: Rice University & University of Houston
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Start Date: December 1, 2017
End Date: December 2, 2017
Rice University & University of Houston

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Houston, Texas 77005 United States
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This conference seeks to bring together scholars whose work reflects on different facets of Arab anti-sectarianism. How did Arab political, revolutionary, and intellectual movements, parties, and figures challenge and contest sectarianism? How did they imagine and construct different forms of political community? In what ways do historical understandings and practices of anti-sectarianism persist in the present? These are some of the questions that we hope to reflect on in this two-day conference. We aim to stimulate critical conversations that investigate the existence of alternative historical actualities and potentialities, moving beyond primordialist visions of the Arab region that presume it to be an unchanging site of inherent sectarian polarization.

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