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Sunny Hundal is openDemocracy’s social media editor.

Constitutional conventions: best practice

In search of cardinal virtues in Iraq

Political violence has ascended into a mode of governance in Iraq today, wherein religious identity reigns supreme.

Lebanon’s enduring contradictions

A century later, and after several civil wars and invasions, not much has changed in how different Lebanese communities invent and reinvent their national identities.

Why sectarianism fails at explaining the conflict in Syria

While sectarianism may be a component, its role as the primary cause of the war remains secondary.

Religion, class, and Turkey’s new left

A response to Kenan Malik, arguing that though he is right to worry about identity politics, in the case of Turkey he is worried about the wrong people.

On power in the Arab World

Maged Mandour

Arab autocrats’ power depends on more than physical coercion or the rise of Islamist extremism: it has deeper roots in the role of civil society, orientalism, and identity politics.

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