Tribes as civil society organisations: the case of Iraq

Hassin, Ahmed N. A. 2013, Tribes as civil society organisations: the case of Iraq, Journal of international scientific publications: language, individual & society, vol. 7, Part 1, pp. 19-32.

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Title Tribes as civil society organisations: the case of Iraq
Author(s) Hassin, Ahmed N. A.
Journal name Journal of international scientific publications: language, individual & society
Volume number 7
Season Part 1
Start page 19
End page 32
Total pages 14
Publisher Info Invest Ltd
Place of publication Burgas, Bulgaria
Publication date 2013-08
ISSN 1313-2547
Keyword(s) civil society
Iraq
tribes
Ibn Khaldun
Asabiya
indigenous organisations
functions
Summary The socio-political discourse about civil society inclines to use Western models in coneptualising civil society both in Western and non-Western societies. Iraq is one of those countries where civil society is mostly discussed the formally organised type. This paper critiques the disengagement of literature and empirical studies with exploring social structures like tribe within the civil society arena. It contends that civil society organisations should be understood based on their functions rather than forms. This paper argues that studying civil society should be comprehensive by studying other non-Western theories like 14th century Ibn Khaldun’s Muslim/Arab theories in its indigenous Arab and Muslim societies. On the premise of two factors: the Khaldunian asabiya or olidarity concept and the function of tribes in peace-building, policy formulation and democratisation, this paper uncovers how tribes in Iraq can be regarded civil society organisations.
Language eng
Field of Research 160609 - Political Theory and Political Philosophy
Socio Economic Objective 940201 - Civics and Citizenship
HERDC Research category C1 Refereed article in a scholarly journal
Persistent URL http://hdl.handle.net/10536/DRO/DU:30055541

Document type: Journal Article
Collection: School of Humanities and Social Sciences
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