Shi’ite revival roiling Mideast – World

Shi’ite revival roiling Mideast – World –
Islam scholars say the Shi’ite-Sunni clash is a complex mix of religion, politics and class issues, and that the schism has never been fixed or permanent in Islam’s 1,400-year history. But the sectarian fighting in Iraq and Hezbollah’s war in Lebanon have forced ordinary Muslims to choose sides.
“Even secular Sunnis and Shia, because they need to be protected in a place like Iraq, or they fear what might happen in Bahrain or eastern Saudi Arabia, tend to draw towards their own,” Mr. Cook said.
“I think that’s an unfortunate scenario that is playing itself out throughout the region.”

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