Wednesday, 14. December 2022, 19:00-21:00
Wednesdat 14 December 2022, 06.00 PM-08.00 PM
Levantine Institut, Tripoli
Thursday 15 December 2022, 05.00 PM-07.00 PM
Tripoli, Lebanon's 'Sunni City' is often presented as an Islamist or even Jihadi city. However, this misleading label conceals a much deeper history of resistance and collaboration with the state and the wider region. Based on more than a decade of fieldwork and using a broad array of primary sources, Tine Gade analyses the modern history of Tripoli, exploring the city's contentious politics, its fluid political identity, and the relations between Islamist and sectarian groups. Offering an alternative explanation for Tripoli's decades of political troubles – rather than emphasizing Islamic radicalism as the principal explanation – she argues that it is Lebanese clientelism and the decay of the state that produced the rise of violent Islamist movements in Tripoli. By providing a corrective to previous assumptions, this book not only expands our understanding of Lebanese politics, but of the wider religious and political dynamics in the Middle East.
Tine Gade is a Senior Research Fellow at the Norwegian Institute of International Affairs and part of the Research Group on Peace, Conflict and Development. She holds a PhD in political science from Sciences Po in Paris and works predominantly issues related to contentious politics and state-society relationships in the Middle East. Gade has previously worked as a Max Weber postdoctoral fellow at the European University Institute in Florence, and as a senior lecturer at the Department of Culture Studies and Oriental Languages at the University of Oslo. She has conducted in-depth fieldwork in Lebanon and Iraq, and has resided in Egypt and Syria.
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