Eco-sectarianism: from ecological disasters to sectarian violence in Syria

Maya Vachkova, Afshin Shahi

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    This study introduces ‘eco-sectarianism’, which is a new concept that explains the relationship between sectarian violence and environmental pressures in divided societies in the Middle East. Against the backdrop of climate change, ‘eco-sectarianism’ poses a challenge to many fragmented and unequal societies where the sense of national consciousness is weak and nation-building projects are incomplete. This paper draws attention to the links between politicisation of sub-national identities and emerging ecological challenges in Syria.
    Original languageEnglish
    Pages (from-to)449-467
    JournalAsian Affairs
    Issue number3
    Publication statusPublished - 16 Jul 2018


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