The Shia Revival, by Vali Nasr

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The Shia Revival: How Conflicts within Islam Will Shape the Future The Shia Revival: How Conflicts within Islam Will Shape the Future by Vali Nasr


My review

This is a really interesting book, given to me by my friend Peter Sims, particularly in light of the Iranian elections last week. It’s an in depth, but readable explanation of the history of the Shia/Sunni relationship, but also a very broad look at the contemporary politics across the region. I have a pretty strong sense that there’s some pro-Shia bias in the book (although as an outsider, it’s difficult to assess how much, really) — nonetheless, this was probably the single most useful book I’ve read to understand the situation and possible new developments in the region.

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One Reply to “The Shia Revival, by Vali Nasr”

  1. Theologically, I’ve always found the Shia to be much more interesting than the Sunni. The whole idea of the hidden imam and such. It is hard to imagine a people converting to Islam only to be, in many ways, always second class citizens because they aren’t Arabs. Reading Indonesian religious works is often interesting because of a similar tension.

    I may have to look into this work.

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