Conference: Rethinking Nationalism, Sectarianism and Ethno-Religious Mobilisation in the Middle East (Day 2)

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Conveners: Alex Henley (Pembroke), Ceren Lord (SIAS) and Hiroko Miyokawa (SIAS)

Speakers: Henry Clements, Elvire Corboz, Vefa Erginbas, Hussein Abou Saleh, Toby Dodge, Ceren Lord, Keiko Sakai, Z. Asli Elitsoy, Yoko Uno, David Warren, Noor Zehra Zaid, Amaan Merali, Alex Henley, Hratch Tchilingirian, Anthony O'Mahony, Philip Robins (Chair), Eugene Rogan (Chair), Justin Jones (Chair)

The second day of a three-day event generously supported by Pembroke College, the Sasakawa Peace Foundation, the Middle East Centre at St Antony's College, and The Oxford Research Centre in the Humanities (TORCH).  PLEASE NOTE THAT DAYS 2 and 3 OF THE CONFERENCE ARE NOW SOLD OUT

9.30-9.45 Coffee and pastries

9.45-11.15 Panel 4: Building Commonality and Difference Through Time

Chair: Philip Robins

Henry Clements: A Very Christian Crisis in the Late Ottoman Empire

Elvire Corboz: Shi‘i Discourses on Islamic Unity: Reconfiguring Majority-Minority Relations Within Islam

Vefa Erginbas: Bridging the Sunni-Shi‘ite Divide: A Historical Look at the Appropriation of the Twelve Imams in the Ottoman Empire

Hussein Abou Saleh: The Dynamics of Sectarianism Between the Shi‘ite and the ‘Alawite community of Syria

11.30-1.00 Panel 5: Variations of Sectarianisation and Sectarian Mobilisations

Chair: Eugene Rogan

Toby Dodge: The Theory and Practice of Sectarian Mobilisation in Iraq

Ceren Lord: Sectarianised Securitisation and Alevi Mobilisation in Turkey in the Post-2011 Era

Keiko Sakai: Competing for Victimhood and Nationhood: Sectarianism in Post-War Iraq as a Legitimisation of the Right to Rebel

1.00-2.00 Lunch (provided for speakers)

2.00-3.30 Panel 6: Religious Actors in Negotiating the Nation

Chair: Ceren Lord

Z. Asli Elitsoy: Civil Friday Prayers: A Kurdish Challenge to the Religious Political Power in Turkey

Yoko Uno: ‘Religion is a Wall’ for What? Riza Nur’s Thought on Turkish Nationalism and Religious Authority in the Early Republican Period

David Warren: Cleansing the Nation of the ‘Dogs of Hell’: Nationalist Legal Reasoning Among the Azhari ‘Ulama in Support of the 2013 Egyptian Coup and its Bloody Aftermath

Noor Zehra Zaid: From Shi‘as to Iraqis, and Pakistanis to Shi‘as: Nationalism, Transnationalism and Sectarianism in Modern Iraq

3.45-5.15 Panel 7: Religious Actors in Sectarian Politics

Chair: Justin Jones

Amaan Merali: Persecution and Partnership: The Ottomans and the Aga Khan Before the Great War

Alex Henley: Sectarianisation as the Construction of ‘Religion’: The Case of ‘Religious Leaders’ in Lebanon

Hratch Tchilingirian: Secularising Effects of Sectarianism: The Case of the Armenian Church in the Middle East During the Cold War Era

Anthony O’Mahony: Eastern Christian Perspectives on Religion and Politics in Modern Syria: The Orthodox Patriarchate of Antioch after 2000

Further Information

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