What is the danger of singular and exclusive identies?
What is wounded identity?
What is a chosen trauma?
What role do these play in violent conflicts?
In this lessson, we will explore these questions by reading excerpts from "Identity and Violence" by Amartya Sen and "In the Name of Identity: Violence and the Need to Belong"by Amin Maalouf. We will also consider our own affiliations and allegiances.
What is the distribution of Sunni and Shia Muslims in the Middle East?
To what extent are political disputes and conflicts in the Middle East rooted in sectarian differences, and to what extent are they rooted in more immediate political issues of the distribution of power and wealth in the region?
We will explore these questions through some readings, videos and a case studies of the conflicts in Iraq and Syria.