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Does this Map Still Count?

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It is often argued that the modern map of the Middle East was constructed along arbitrary lines by foreign powers following World War One. These lines were obsessively held together by strong autocratic central governments throughout the 20th Century. In the past decade, however, the boundaries of several Middle Eastern states have been questioned. This talk discusses the merits of this debate by focusing on three case studies: Iraq, Syria, and Lebanon. All three states are now decentralized and ethnically and religiously heterogeneous in an era when identities and sectarianism define politics .

This talk is part of the Darwin College Humanities and Social Sciences Seminars series.

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