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Politics or Piety? Problematising the Sunni-Shi'a Schism in Iraq

Doyle, Damian; Dunning, Tristan


PDF Password = 369297 Many mainstream discourses currently have a tendency to portray the ongoing civil conflict(s) in Iraq as a throwback to disagreements regarding the legitimate successor to the Prophet Muhammed in the 7th Century. These disagreements resulted in a split within the umma (�community of believers�) that led to the formation of two distinct brands of Islam: Sunni, or orthodox Islam, and Shi�ism. In the eyes of Orientalists, and, indeed, salafi jihadist ideologues, the ongoing...[Show more]

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Date published: 2016
Type: Book chapter


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