Alongside the fierce resistance against the occupation, another surprise of the
Iraq venture of great consequence that requires explanation and assessment is the
political rise of the Shia’s and their clash with the Sunni establishment, in Iraq
and beyond. Vali Nasr, a professor at the Naval Postgraduate School in Monterey,
California and a 2006 fellow at the Council on Foreign Relations is convinced not
only that the development of Shia-Sunni relations is of paramount consequence
for the region, but also that the public is so unfamiliar with the Shia and the nature
of their so-called sectarian conflict with the Sunni, that an introduction is needed.
In this engaging book he gives just that: an admirably informed and succinct
introduction to a little understood aspect of Middle East politics.
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