We are proud to announce that the paper “Religious, Ethinic and Gender Identity Politics in Syria” is published in Englisch and Arabic now.
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This paper results from the second phase of a research project on the politicization of identity in the Syrian conflict, the first phase of which entailed a critical review of literature and theoretical approaches related to the politicization of identities, which resulted in the first background paper, “The Identity Politics in Syria,” published within the Know War project 2022. The Syrian Center for Policy Research is currently working on the third phase of the project, which includes the implementation of in-depth field research, according to a participatory methodology covering the entire Syrian geography, and the research will use quantitative and qualitative tools designed based on the previous two phases.
The paper focuses on the concept of identity politics and its sectarian, ethnic, and gender manifestations. The purpose is to analyze the policies and practices that have exploited the diversity of identities in Syria in the service of the conflict. The analytical framework was developed based on the available literature reviewed by the Center’s researchers in the background paper and the contributions of participants in the Development Policy Forum (November 29th-30th, 2021) on issues of identity politics. The paper uses a framework based on the concept of development in its broad sense, and the framework of political economy; using a participatory approach.