The SWAR project (Sectarianism in the Wake of the Arab Revolts – beyond primordialist and instrumentalist understandings of Shia/Sunni divisions in a new Middle East) takes its point of departure in the recognition of the fact that a Shia/Sunni divide has become a significant factor in Middle East politics. Against this background, it examines the causes, nature and consequences of the so-called ‘new sectarianism’ in the post-Arab Revolts Middle East based on an analytical approach inspired by historical sociology and constructivism. Couched in an interdisciplinary framework, it draws on and combines theories and methods from Political Science, Anthropology, Islamic Studies, and Middle East Studies.
The SWAR Project is funded by the Danish Social Science Research Council (3.326.891,00 DKK) and will be running from August 2015 till February 2019. A number of activities are, moreover, partly funded by grants from the Danish Institute in Damascus, the Carlsberg Foundation and AUFF: Aarhus University Research Foundation.
The project is organized into four work packages:
- Two-day Seminar on Comparative Sectarianism in Syria’s Regions, University of St Andrews and the Department of Political Science, Aarhus University, August 13-14, 2020
- New special Issue of Nations and Nationalism, vol. 26, no. 1 with contributions by Raymond Hinnebusch and Morten Valbjørn.
- New special Issue of Studies in Ethnicity and Nationalism on 'Sectarianism and Regime Formation in a New Middle East' (19, 1) edited by Raymond Hinnebusch and Morten Valbjørn
- New special issue of TIFO (Islamic Studies Journal) with contributions from members of SWAR project: Sekterisme før, under og efter de arabiske revolter ". TIFO: Tidsskrift for Islamforskning (Islamic Studies Journal), vol. 13, no. 1, pp. 4-133. Available at: https://tifoislam.dk/issue/view/8086