BEIRUT, Lebanon — The revolutions and revolts in the Arab world, playing
out over just a few months across two continents, have proved so
inspirational to so many because they offer a new sense of national
identity built on the idea of citizenship.
But in the past weeks, the specter of divisions — religion in
, fundamentalism in , sect in and , clan in
— has threatened uprisings that once seemed to promise to resolve
questions that have vexed the Arab world since the colonialism era.
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