Fanar Haddad

Fanar Haddad

Assistant professor, tenure track

My research focusses on the politics of the modern Middle East and can be split into three overlapping areas: Iraqi politics and governance, identity formation and identity politics, and finally Shia Islamism. Much of my published work has focussed on sectarian identity formation, sectarian relations, modern Shi’ism, identity politics, religious nationalism and Iraqi politics. I have an especially strong interest in Sunni-Shi’a relations and how these have shaped, and have been shaped by, national politics, regional geopolitics and transnational networks. I am also interested in theories of the post-Weberian state particularly in relation to hybrid governance and hybrid security actors. I am currently working on Shi'a Islamism as part of an IRFD-funded research project led by colleagues at Aarhus University: "Bringing in the Other Islamists – comparing Arab Shi’a and Sunni Islamism(s) in a sectarianized Middle East."

Selected publications

  1. Published

    Anti-Sunnism and Anti-Shi'ism: Minorities, Majorities and the Question of Equivalence

    Haddad, Fanar, 2021, In: Mediterranean Politics. 26, 4, p. 498-504

    Research output: Contribution to journalJournal articleResearchpeer-review

  2. Published

    The Baghdad conferences itself isn’t as important as what follows

    Haddad, Fanar, 2021, In: The National.

    Research output: Contribution to journalContribution to newspaper - Newspaper articleCommunication

  3. Published

    A Sectarian Awakening: Reinventing Sunni Identity in the 21st Century

    Haddad, Fanar, 2020, Iraq After the Invasion: People and Politics in a State of Conflict. Sakai, K. & Marfleet, P. (eds.). Routledge, 26 p.

    Research output: Chapter in Book/Report/Conference proceedingBook chapterResearchpeer-review

  4. Published

    From Existential Struggle to Political Banality: The Politics of Sect in Post-2003 Iraq

    Haddad, Fanar, 2020, In: Review of Faith and International Affairs. 18, 1, p. 70-86 17 p.

    Research output: Contribution to journalJournal articleResearchpeer-review

  5. Published

    Iraq’s Popular Mobilization Units: A Hybrid Actor in a Hybrid State

    Haddad, Fanar, 2020, United Nations University Press. 39 p.

    Research output: Book/ReportReportCommissionedpeer-review

  6. Published

    Sectarian Identity and National Identity in the Middle East

    Haddad, Fanar, 2020, In: Nations and Nationalism. 26, 1, p. 123-137 15 p.

    Research output: Contribution to journalJournal articleResearchpeer-review

  7. Published

    Social Division in Iraq: Ahl al-Shiqaq wa-l-Nifaq?

    Haddad, Fanar, 2020, The Routledge Handbook on Persian Gulf Politics. Kamrava, M. (ed.). Routledge, 15 p.

    Research output: Chapter in Book/Report/Conference proceedingBook chapterResearchpeer-review

  8. Published

    The Iraqi people will pay the price of Iran-US rivalry, again

    Haddad, Fanar, 2020, In: Al Jazeera.

    Research output: Contribution to journalContribution to newspaper - Newspaper articleCommunication

  9. Published

    Understanding 'Sectarianism': Sunni-Shia Relations in the Modern Arab World

    Haddad, Fanar, 2020, Hurst Publishers.

    Research output: Book/ReportBookResearchpeer-review

  10. Published

    How Tahrir gave birth to a new Iraq

    Haddad, Fanar, 2019, Middle East Eye.

    Research output: Other contributionNet publication - Internet publicationCommunication

  11. Published

    Iraq protests: There's no going back to the status quo ante

    Haddad, Fanar, 2019, Middle East Eye.

    Research output: Other contributionNet publication - Internet publicationCommunication

  12. Published

    Iraq's protests and the reform farce

    Haddad, Fanar, 2019, Al-Jazeera English.

    Research output: Other contributionNet publication - Internet publicationCommunication

  13. Published

    One thing Obama got right: They'll have to share the Middle East

    Haddad, Fanar, 2019, Al-Jazeera English.

    Research output: Other contributionNet publication - Internet publicationCommunication

  14. Published

    Reconsidering the Relation between "Sectarianism" and Nationalism in the Middle East

    Haddad, Fanar, 2019, Religion and Nationalism in Asia. Shani, G. & Kibe, T. (eds.). Routledge, 17 p.

    Research output: Chapter in Book/Report/Conference proceedingBook chapterResearchpeer-review

  15. Published

    Shuha Aidentiti wo Datsu-Shinpika Sura: "Shuhashugi" to Chuto Kenkyu

    Haddad, Fanar, 2019, Gendai Chuto no Shuha Mondai: Seiji Tairitsu No ‘Shuha-Ka’ to "Shin-Reisen". Sakai, K. (ed.). Koyo Shobou

    Research output: Chapter in Book/Report/Conference proceedingBook chapterResearch

  16. Published

    The Diminishing Relevance of the Sunni-Shia Divide

    Haddad, Fanar, 2019, Project on Middle East Political Science.

    Research output: Other contributionNet publication - Internet publicationResearch

  17. Published

    The Waning Relevance of the Sunni-Shi'a Divide

    Haddad, Fanar, 2019

    Research output: Other contributionNet publication - Internet publicationResearch

  18. Published

    Essential Readings: Iraq

    Haddad, Fanar, 2018, Jadaliyya.

    Research output: Other contributionNet publication - Internet publicationEducation

  19. Published

    Iraq: Atrocity as Political Capital

    Haddad, Fanar, 2016, Mass Atrocities End: Studies from Guatemala, Burundi, Indonesia, the Sudans, Bosnia-Herzegovina and Iraq. Conley-Zilkic, B. (ed.).

    Research output: Chapter in Book/Report/Conference proceedingBook chapterResearchpeer-review

  20. Published

    Iraq, 15 years later: The fixation on 2003 does a disservice to Iraq and its peoples

    Haddad, Fanar, 2018, Middle East Eye.

    Research output: Other contributionNet publication - Internet publicationCommunication

  21. Published

    Ontologies of Sectarian Identity: The Many Layers of Sunni-Shi'a Relations

    Haddad, Fanar, 2018, LSE Middle East Centre.

    Research output: Other contributionNet publication - Internet publicationCommunication

  22. Published

    "Sectarianism" and its Discontents in the Study of the Middle East

    Haddad, Fanar, 2017, In: Middle East Journal. 71, 3, p. 363-382

    Research output: Contribution to journalJournal articleResearchpeer-review

  23. Published

    Post-2003 Iraq: Sectarian Relations Before "Sectarianization"

    Haddad, Fanar, 2017, Sectarianization: Mapping the New Politics of the Middle East. Hashemi, N. & Postel, D. (eds.).

    Research output: Chapter in Book/Report/Conference proceedingBook chapterResearchpeer-review

  24. Published

    Shia-Centric State Building and Sunni Rejection in Post-2003 Iraq

    Haddad, Fanar, 2017, Beyond Sunni and Shia: Sectarianism in a Changing Middle East. Wehrey, F. (ed.).

    Research output: Chapter in Book/Report/Conference proceedingBook chapterResearchpeer-review

  25. Published

    Why 'Artificiality' Fails to Explain Iraq's Woes

    Haddad, Fanar, 2017, Current History Inc.

    Research output: Other contributionNet publication - Internet publicationCommunication

  26. Published

    'Shia Forces', 'Iraqi Army' and the perils of sect-coding

    Haddad, Fanar, 2016, Jadaliyya.

    Research output: Other contributionNet publication - Internet publicationCommunication

  27. Published

    Competing Victimhoods in a Sectarian Landscape

    Haddad, Fanar, 2016, Jadaliyya.

    Research output: Other contributionNet publication - Internet publicationCommunication

  28. Published

    'Marked' for Exclusion: The Problem of Pluralism, State-Building and Communal Identities in Iraq and the Arab World

    Haddad, Fanar, 2014, The Middle East Institute. Washington, DC.

    Research output: Other contributionNet publication - Internet publicationCommunication

  29. Published

    Secular Sectarians

    Haddad, Fanar, 2014, The Middle East Institute. Washington, DC.

    Research output: Other contributionNet publication - Internet publicationCommunication

  30. Published

    Iraq's Sectarian Inheritance

    Haddad, Fanar, 2013, Foreign Policy.

    Research output: Other contributionNet publication - Internet publicationResearch

  31. Published

    Iraq’s Protests: can a “Sunni Spring” turn into an “Iraqi Spring”?

    Haddad, Fanar, 2013, Foreign Policy.

    Research output: Other contributionNet publication - Internet publicationCommunication

  32. Published

    Sectarian Relations and Sunni Idenity in Post-Civil War Iraq

    Haddad, Fanar, 2013, Sectarian Politics in the Persian Gulf. Potter, L. (ed.).

    Research output: Chapter in Book/Report/Conference proceedingBook chapterResearchpeer-review

  33. Published

    Sectarian Relations in Arab Iraq: Contextualizing the Civil War of 2006-2007

    Haddad, Fanar, 2013, In: British Journal of Middle Eastern Studies. 40, 2, p. 115-138

    Research output: Contribution to journalJournal articleResearchpeer-review

  34. Published

    Sunni-Shia Relations After the Iraq War

    Haddad, Fanar, 2013, United States Institute of Peace Press.

    Research output: Other contributionNet publication - Internet publicationCommissionedpeer-review

  35. Published

    The Language of Anti-Shiism

    Haddad, Fanar, 2013, Foreign Policy.

    Research output: Other contributionNet publication - Internet publicationCommunication

  36. Published

    An Undiscovered Archive? Online Video Sharing, Alternative Narratives and the Documentation of History

    Haddad, Fanar, 2012, Centre of Governance and Human Rights, University of Cambridge.

    Research output: Book/ReportReportResearch

  37. Published

    Political Awakenings in an Artificial State: Iraq, 1914-1920

    Haddad, Fanar, 2012, In: International Journal of Contemporary Iraqi Studies. 6, 1, p. 3-26

    Research output: Contribution to journalJournal articleResearchpeer-review

  38. Published

    Sectarianism in Iraq: Antagonistic Visions of Unity

    Haddad, Fanar, 2011

    Research output: Book/ReportBookResearchpeer-review

  39. Published

    The Terrorists of Today are the Heroes of Tomorrow: the anti-British and anti-American Insurgencies in Iraqi History

    Haddad, Fanar, 2008, In: Small Wars and Insurgencies. 19, 4, p. 451-483

    Research output: Contribution to journalJournal articleResearchpeer-review

  40. Published

    Fitting Baghdad In

    Haddad, Fanar & Rizvi, S., 2007, An Iraq of Its Regions: Cornerstones of Federal Democracy?. Visser, R. & Stansfield, G. (eds.).

    Research output: Chapter in Book/Report/Conference proceedingBook chapterResearchpeer-review

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