Unheard voices: state-making and popular participation in post-Ottoman Iraq

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Buyuksarac G.

ETHNIC AND RACIAL STUDIES, vol.38, pp.2551-2568, 2015 (Journal Indexed in SSCI) identifier identifier

  • Publication Type: Article / Article
  • Volume: 38
  • Publication Date: 2015
  • Doi Number: 10.1080/01419870.2015.1061133
  • Title of Journal : ETHNIC AND RACIAL STUDIES
  • Page Numbers: pp.2551-2568


I explore the nature of the particular nation state form that came into being in Iraq during the British Mandate, and in particular its impact on minorities. The Mandate government, and the broader international legal framework, structured state-minority relations in post-Ottoman Iraq in ways that continue to shape Iraqi politics. While sociocultural differences in Iraqi society were given constitutional recognition, this did not lead to the effective protection of minority rights, primarily because the principle of popular participation was not respected. The Mandate legacy in Iraq has been long-lasting, as the mistakes of the past have been reproduced by postcolonial regimes, and thus the state-minority relationship has been locked in a loop of exclusionary politics and securitization.