Transnational Shia Politics
Religious and Political Networks in the Gulf
by Laurence Louër (ed.)
A timely book on the origins and present situation of militant Shia networks in the Gulf, Kuwait, Bahrain and Saudi Arabia, which are the offspring of Iraqi movements.
‘This remarkably nuanced study of Shiite politics in the Gulf region looks at the increasing visibility of Shiism there beyond the stereotyped narratives of sectarian conflict, minority identity and Iranian policy that are generally invoked to describe the character of Arab Shiism. Louer gives us a fascinating account of the related yet different historical processes that define Shiite politics and identity in Bahrain, Kuwait, Saudi Arabia and Iraq.’ - Faisal Devji, New School University, New York
‘This is an especially coherent and informative book.’ — Foreign Affairs
‘Louer is supremely qualified to write on the countries where Shiites constitute significant portions of the population … Highly recommended.’ — CHOICE
Laurence Louër holds degrees in Arabic, philosophy, sociology and political science and a Ph.D. in political science from Sciences Po. She joined CERI in 2003. She serves as a permanent consultant for the Policy Planning Department of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs (CAP) since 2004; she is co-editor-in-chief of Critique internationale since 2006.
Her research focuses on the politics of identity and ethnicity in the Middle East. See her publications.