Practicing Sectarianism: Archival and Ethnographic Interventions on Lebanon (Paperback)

Practicing Sectarianism: Archival and Ethnographic Interventions on Lebanon By Lara Deeb (Editor), Tsolin Nalbantian (Editor), Nadya Sbaiti (Editor) Cover Image

Practicing Sectarianism: Archival and Ethnographic Interventions on Lebanon (Paperback)

By Lara Deeb (Editor), Tsolin Nalbantian (Editor), Nadya Sbaiti (Editor)

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Practicing Sectarianism explores the imaginative and contradictory ways that people live sectarianism. The book's essays use the concept as an animating principle within a variety of sites across Lebanon and its diasporas and over a range of historical periods. With contributions from historians and anthropologists, this volume reveals the many ways sectarianism is used to exhibit, imagine, or contest power: What forms of affective pull does it have on people and communities? What epistemological work does it do as a concept? How does it function as a marker of social difference?

Examining social interaction, each essay analyzes how people experience sectarianism, sometimes pushing back, sometimes evading it, sometimes deploying it strategically, to a variety of effects and consequences. The collection advances an understanding of sectarianism simultaneously constructed and experienced, a slippery and changeable concept with material effects. And even as the book's focus is Lebanon, its analysis fractures the association of sectarianism with the nation-state and suggests possibilities that can travel to other sites. Practicing Sectarianism, taken as a whole, argues that sectarianism can only be fully understood-and dismantled-if we first take it seriously as a practice.

Lara Deeb is Professor of Anthropology at Scripps College. Tsolin Nalbantian is Associate Professor of Middle Eastern Studies at Leiden University. Nadya Sbaiti is Assistant Professor of Middle East Studies at the American University of Beirut.
Product Details ISBN: 9781503633865
ISBN-10: 1503633861
Publisher: Stanford University Press
Publication Date: November 22nd, 2022
Pages: 258
Language: English