• Maurizio Geri
Part of the Minorities in West Asia and North Africa book series (MWANA)


The chapter is a general introduction to the book that will first of all explain the motivations behind the research. The book lies at the intersection of several current theoretical debates in the fields of international relations theory and comparative politics: democratization, national security, and radicalization. Though the book concentrates on Muslim-majority countries because of Arab exceptionalism, which is often based on the exclusion of minorities, its results can be extrapolated to non-Muslim and nonfledgling democracies. The chapter presents a theoretical approach with concepts of securitization and autonomization, case studies, and a hypothesis based on the four factors analyzed (elite power interest, international factors, institutions and history of the state, and the ontological security of a country). Finally, the chapter explains how the book is organized.


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