Islam as a point of reference for political and social groups in Iraq

Iraq occupies a special position in the general context of re-islamization of Arab societies because of the US occupation and the absence of a viable State. The attempt to rebuild communities under the aegis of the United States led to a widespread withdrawal back into communities in which Islam plays a vital role. It looks as if a secularized form of Islam is likely to fuel the fighting, which is all the more inexpiable because each person believes he is fighting for survival as a member of his community.

About the author

Pierre-Jean Luizard

Researcher at CNRS and a historian of contemporary Islam in the Arab countries of the Middle East.