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Shi'i Perspectives on a Federal Iraq: Territory, Community and Ideology in Conceptions of a New Polity





"Federalism" has become a catchword in the new Iraq after 2003. Why were the Shi'is so slow in converting to federalism, and to what extent are their interpretations of federalism really compatible with those held by the Kurds or the US occupation power? This study explores the intellectual and social roots of contemporary Shi'i attitudes to federalism and assesses the prospects of decentralisation as a tool for remodeling the Iraqi polity.

"An original, in-depth study of the attitudes in Iraqi Shi'ism towards the idea of federalism."

Gerd Nonneman, reader of international relations and Middle East politics at Lancaster University, UK.

“The best examination of the range of religious Shi‘i opinions on federalism before the war.”

—Noah Feldman and Roman Martinez, writing in Fordham Law Review, December 2006

 

Full details of publication:
Reidar Visser, "Shi'i Perspectives on a Federal Iraq: Territory, Community and Ideology in Conceptions of a New Polity", pp. 125166 in Daniel Heradstveit & Helge Hveem (eds.), Oil in the Gulf: Obstacles to Democracy and Development (Aldershot: Ashgate, 2004).

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