Succeeding and seceding in Iraq: the case for a Shiite State

Isakhan, Benjamin 2015, Succeeding and seceding in Iraq: the case for a Shiite State. In Kingsbury, D and Lauotides, C (ed), Territorial separatism in global politics: causes, outcomes and resolution, Routledge, London, Eng., pp.139-152.

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Title Succeeding and seceding in Iraq: the case for a Shiite State
Author(s) Isakhan, BenjaminORCID iD for Isakhan, Benjamin
Title of book Territorial separatism in global politics: causes, outcomes and resolution
Editor(s) Kingsbury, DORCID iD for Kingsbury, D
Lauotides, C
Publication date 2015
Series Routledge Studies in Civil Wars and Intra-State Conflict
Chapter number 9
Total chapters 10
Start page 139
End page 152
Total pages 14
Publisher Routledge
Place of Publication London, Eng.
Keyword(s) Iraq
Summary The US project to democratize Iraq has given way to a dramatic upsurge in ethno-religious factionalism in which a series of groups have sought to use ‘democracy’ to create or exacerbate division. Among these divisive political elements a relatively fringe idea held mostly by power-hungry elites has become a central driving force of much political debate within Iraq: separatism. Although there are many examples of political factions within Iraq which have called for territorial separatism since 2003 (such as some Kurdish, Sunni, Assyrian and Turcoman political parties), this chapter focuses on the less known case for a Shiite state. Specifically, it concentrates on the Shia Arab Islamist political party, the Supreme Council for the Islamic Revolution in Iraq (SCIRI), which differs from other Shia political factions in their calls for a decentralized federal Iraq with an autonomous Shia Islamic state in the south.
ISBN 9781138797833
Language eng
Field of Research 160602 Citizenship
Socio Economic Objective 940201 Civics and Citizenship
HERDC Research category B1 Book chapter
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