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date: 10 August 2020

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Lebanese statecraft and sovereignty emerge from the management of sectarian difference and sexual difference; two mutually constitutive modes of political difference. This chapter develops an analytic for the study of Lebanese statecraft that is situated at the intersections between sect and sex, “sextarianism.” Sextarianism allows the study of the Lebanese state without separating or privileging sectarian difference from sexual difference, an analytic approach that is grounded in the ways that the state actually regulates and produces sexual and sectarian difference (what we might call sextarian difference). As a technology of biopolitical power, sextarianism makes possible the categories of citizenship, family, sex, and sect.

Keywords: sexual difference, sectarian difference, sextarianism, biopolitics, law, citizenship, Lebanon, state power, secularism, sectarianism, statistics, marriage, rights, sovereignty

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