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dc.contributor.advisorBaylouny, Anne Marie
dc.contributor.authorAlamiri, Rowaida
dc.dateDec-14
dc.date.accessioned2015-02-18T00:17:04Z
dc.date.available2015-02-18T00:17:04Z
dc.date.issued2014-12
dc.identifier.urihttp://hdl.handle.net/10945/44509
dc.descriptionApproved for public release; distribution is unlimiteden_US
dc.description.abstractThe Shi’a Crescent is a term used to refer to a region spanning three major countries: Iraq, Lebanon, and Iran. These countries each have a large and active population of Shi’a. Shi’a is one of the two main Islamic sects. The thesis finds the formation of a politically unified Shi’a crescent unlikely. It highlights the importance to regard Shi’a identity as a dynamic mechanism that can change the political stage in the Middle East. The study focused on the three intended countries of the proposed crescent. Each was examined thoroughly and independently, in order to compare and contrast common concerns, interest, and circumstances that can lead to a possible unity of Shi’a in the region. Therefore, the research focused on three factors: sociopolitical representation, socioeconomic oppression, and the Shi’a identity. A greater emphasis is given to the reasons that lead Shi’a to maintain a distinct identity, rather than assimilating nationally. Because, maintaining this identity, allows for bids for support and power beyond the state level. It is necessary for the United States to recognize that the regional uses of Shi’a identity have implications for the stability of the states.en_US
dc.description.urihttp://archive.org/details/theshicrescentmi1094544509
dc.publisherMonterey, California: Naval Postgraduate Schoolen_US
dc.rightsThis publication is a work of the U.S. Government as defined in Title 17, United States Code, Section 101. Copyright protection is not available for this work in the United States.en_US
dc.titleThe Shi’a Crescent: a misconception of Shi’a allianceen_US
dc.typeThesisen_US
dc.contributor.secondreaderHafez, Mohammed
dc.contributor.departmentNational Security Affairs
dc.subject.authorShi’aen_US
dc.subject.authorShi’a Crescenten_US
dc.subject.authorIranen_US
dc.subject.authorIraqen_US
dc.subject.authorLebanonen_US
dc.subject.authorHezbollahen_US
dc.subject.authorShi’a Identityen_US
dc.subject.authorsocioeconomicen_US
dc.subject.authorsociopoliticalen_US
dc.subject.authorDa’waen_US
dc.subject.authorSadr Movementen_US
dc.subject.authorAmalen_US
dc.subject.authorSupreme Council for the Islamic Revolutionen_US
dc.subject.authorIranian Revolutionen_US
dc.subject.authorIranian constitutionen_US
dc.description.serviceCivilian, Department of Defenseen_US
etd.thesisdegree.nameMaster of Arts in Security Studies (Middle East, South Asia, Sub-saharan Africa)en_US
etd.thesisdegree.levelMastersen_US
etd.thesisdegree.disciplineSecurity Studies (Middle East, South Asia, Sub-saharan Africa)en_US
etd.thesisdegree.grantorNaval Postgraduate Schoolen_US


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