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Strife Feature | Sunni-Shia Conflicts: From A Trick To A Reality

September 16, 2017

By Guillaume Beaud Most Western observers analyse a vast majority of Middle-Eastern upheavals as a Sunni-Shia conflict. Increasingly mobilized since the King of Jordan Abdullah II warned about a “Shia Crescent” in 2003 after the fall of Saddam Hussein’s regime in Iraq. Syria, Yemen and the tensions between Iran and Saudi Arabia quickly fell into … Continue reading “Strife Feature | Sunni-Shia Conflicts: From A Trick To A Reality”


Strife Series | Complicated relationships #2 – The Safavid Empire and the historical backdrop of Sunni-Shia relations

August 29, 2017

By Faruk Rahmanovic The role of the Safavid Empire in understanding Sunni-Shia relations cannot be overstated. Lasting from 1501 to 1722, the Safavid Empire was born in modern-day Iran,[1] just as the political situation in the Middle East began to stabilize after nearly 400 years of various foreign invasions.[2] The remnants of political chaos left … Continue reading “Strife Series | Complicated relationships #2 – The Safavid Empire and the historical backdrop of Sunni-Shia relations”


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