The Conflict for Baghdad: Sectarianism, Space and Sociopolitical Transformations


Thursday, October 16, 2014, 4:00pm to 6:00pm


CMES, Room 102, 38 Kirkland St, Cambridge, MA

The Center for Middle Eastern Studies is pleased to present

Harith Al-QaraweeHarith Al-Qarawee
Independent scholar of Political Science; 2014-15 Robert G. James Scholar at Risk Fellow, Radcliffe Institute for Advanced Study

Harith Hasan Al-Qarawee is a political scientist whose research focuses on the state-society relations, political transitions, and identity politics in Iraq and the Middle East. He has written extensively for various English and Arabic academic publications and journals. He also worked as a political commentator and consultant.

As a Radcliffe fellow, Al-Qarawee is writing a book titled “End of Diversity: Political Conflict, Social Change, and Religious and Sectarian Exclusion in Baghdad.” The book will examine and discuss the relationship between sociopolitical conflict and the identity and cultural characteristics of Baghdad. While focusing on sociopolitical roots and dynamics, the research will also benefit from cultural studies, social psychology, and narrative and discourse analysis. Al-Qarawee aims to describe and analyze dynamics and factors such as modernization, the effect of urbanization and the decline of rural life, the effect of demographics and socioeconomic factors, Islamization, political motives for the construction of boundaries between “in-group” and “out-group,” decline of national identities, discourse of exclusion, and globalization of religious and sectarian intolerance.

Al-Qarawee earned a PhD in political science from Scuola Superiore Sant‘Anna, in Pisa, Italy, a master’s degree in political communication from the University of Leeds, and a master’s degree in international studies from the University of Baghdad.

Contact: Liz Flanagan
Sponsor(s): The CMES Working Group on The Arab World in Transition: Politics and Social Movements