The real roots of Sunni-Shia conflict

Beyond the myth of “ancient religious hatreds what’s really driving the Middle East’s sectarian divide?  

  Iraqi Sunni and Shia attend a Baghdad conference bringing together local political and religious (Spot the difference?)

 by Max Fisher

Debunking the "ancient hatreds” myth

Marc Lynch, a George Washington University professor and Middle East scholar, wrote a lengthy piece on this week’s uptick in Iran and Saudi Arabia’s regional cold war, which is playing out largely along Sunni-Shia lines, titled “Why Saudi Arabia escalated the Middle East’s sectarian conflict.”

The piece was widely circulated by Middle East experts as authoritative and insightful. Some of the reasons Lynch discusses include: a desire to distract from Saudi foreign policy failures elsewhere, a fear that the United States is softening on Iran, and an effort to appease hard-line Islamist elements at home.

Noticeably absent from Lynch’s list of factors: that Saudi Arabia hates the Shia due to theological disagreements or seventh-century succession disputes.

That’s not a mistake. No one who seriously studies the Middle East considers Sunni-Shia sectarianism to be a primarily religious issue. Rather, it’s a primarily political issue, which has manifested along lines that just so happen to line up with religious demographics that were historically much calmer and more peaceful…

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Islamic UNITY

Week of Islamic Unity in Iran. Shia and Sunni Scholars praying together on the birthday anniversary of the mercy to mankind, Prophet Muhammad (peace be upon him), in Iran to show the importance of the unity within the Islamic Ummah (society).


We’ve been talking with a Sunni Muslim who lives in Shiite-dominated Iran. He’s a member of one of the two great sects of Islam, which are increasingly seen in conflict. His story suggests just how perilous that conflict could be.

Last month, a crowd in Tehran attacked the embassy of Sunni-dominated Saudi Arabia. They were protesting Saudi Arabia’s execution of a Saudi Shiite cleric who had criticized the Saudi government.

The Iranian torching of the Saudi embassy became another episode in the cold war between these two regional powers. It also underlined an awkward reality: Religious faiths don’t obey the borders on a map.

The Precarious Existence Of Iran’s Sunni Muslims

Photo credit: Steve Inskeep/NPR 

Rayhna Jabbary, a 26 year old Iranian, Muslim girl, who got executed yesterday in Iran, after being detained for 7 years!
The reason she got executed was that because she killed a cop while defending herself from being raped at the age of 17 by him!!
My message to all the Muslims: How long will you keep hiding at homes eventhough you’re completely aware of the oppression happening against all Muslims (especially Sunni’s) in the whole world?
How long will you keep passive? How long will you keep shutting your mouthes up?!!
How many more martyrs must keep falling from us, girls being raped, Masjids being burnt, Youth getting detained for you to speak up?!!
How long and How many more for you to wake up?!!