The Resource Transnational Shia politics : religious and political networks in the Gulf, Laurence Louër

Transnational Shia politics : religious and political networks in the Gulf, Laurence Louër

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Transnational Shia politics : religious and political networks in the Gulf
Title
Transnational Shia politics
Title remainder
religious and political networks in the Gulf
Statement of responsibility
Laurence Louër
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Language
eng
Summary
Laurence Louer, author of the critically acclaimed To Be an Arab in Israel, brings her extensive knowledge of the Middle East to an analysis of the historical origins and present situation of militant Shia transnational networks. She focuses on three key countries in the gulf: Kuwait, Bahrain, and Saudi Arabia, whose Shia Islamic groups are the offspring of various Iraqi movements that have surfaced over recent decades. Louer explains how these groups first penetrated local societies by espousing the networks of Shiite clergymen. She then describes the role of factional quarrels and the Iranian revolution of 1979 in defining the present landscape of Shiite Islamic activism in the Gulf monarchies. The reshaping of geopolitics after the Gulf War and the fall of Saddam Hussein in April 2003 had a profound impact on transnational Shiite networks. New political opportunities encouraged these groups to concentrate on national issues, such as becoming fierce opponents of the Saudi monarchy. Yet the question still remains: How deeply have these new beliefs taken root in Islamic society? Are Shiites Saudi or Bahraini patriots? Louer's book also considers the transformation of Shia movements in relation to central religious authority. While they strive to formulate independent political agendas, Shia networks remain linked to religious authorities (marja) who reside either in Iraq or Iran. This connection becomes all the more problematic should the marja also be the head of a state, as with Iran's Ali Khamenei. In conclusion, Louer argues that the Shia will one day achieve political autonomy, especially as the marja, in order to retain transnational religious authority, begin to meddle less and less in the political affairs of other countries
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Louër, Laurence
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maps
Index
index present
LC call number
BP194.185
LC item number
.L68 2008
Literary form
non fiction
Nature of contents
bibliography
Series statement
Series in comparative politics and international studies.
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  • Shīʻah
  • Islam and state
  • Politisches Netzwerk
  • Religion
  • Politik
  • Schiiten
  • Islam and state
  • Shīʻah
  • Schiiten
  • Politik
  • Religion
  • Soziales Netzwerk
  • Golfstaaten
  • Bahrain
  • Kuwait
  • Saudi-Arabien
  • Middle East
  • Golfstaaten
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Transnational Shia politics : religious and political networks in the Gulf, Laurence Louër
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Bibliography note
Includes bibliographical references (p. 302-315) and index
Contents
Imposed states -- The Shias in the ambit of the state -- Meanwhile in Iraq -- From Iraq to the Gulf -- Societies face the Islamic revolution -- Exporting the revolution -- Politics is domestic -- Towards secularization?
Dimensions
23 cm.
Extent
vii, 326 p.
Isbn
9780231800372
Lccn
2008028875
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maps
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  • (OCoLC)184821752
  • (OCoLC)ocn184821752
Label
Transnational Shia politics : religious and political networks in the Gulf, Laurence Louër
Publication
Bibliography note
Includes bibliographical references (p. 302-315) and index
Contents
Imposed states -- The Shias in the ambit of the state -- Meanwhile in Iraq -- From Iraq to the Gulf -- Societies face the Islamic revolution -- Exporting the revolution -- Politics is domestic -- Towards secularization?
Dimensions
23 cm.
Extent
vii, 326 p.
Isbn
9780231800372
Lccn
2008028875
Other physical details
maps
System control number
  • (OCoLC)184821752
  • (OCoLC)ocn184821752

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