Abstract

Based on extensive archival research with newly available Iraqi state and Ba‘th Party documents, this article attempts to shed light on the Saddam Husayn regime’s relationship with Islamists and Islamism, arguing that it instrumentalized Islam in its foreign policy to an unprecedented extent, but not out of ideological conviction. This article, therefore, clarifies an important issue in the historiography of Saddam’s Iraq and suggests that religion can play a concrete role in international relations.

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Additional Information

ISSN
1940-3461
Print ISSN
0026-3141
Pages
pp. 352-366
Launched on MUSE
2014-08-03
Open Access
No
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