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The critical struggle between Shia and Sunni for the future of the
To most Western eyes, all Islamic movements look
alike, and the central conflict in the Middle East is one between religion
and secularism. Shockingly little has been written about the bitter divide
between Shia and Sunni. Yet without understanding their ancient
conflictand its modern embodiment in the power struggle between Iran
and Saudi Arabia for political and spiritual leadership of the Muslim
worldit is impossible to comprehend events across the so-called Shia
Crescent, from East Africa through Iraq and Pakistan to India.
provocative rise of the Ayatollah Khomeini, the Saudi pressure on the
United States not to unseat Saddam Hussein in 1991, the critical role of
the Ayatollah Sistani and the religious establishment in Najaf (Iraq), the
volatility of Pakistan today, and the consequences of the shift toward
Shia power through American interventionall this and more is
explained in the light of the Shia/Sunni divide.