Islam’s Ancient Divide Fuels Middle East Conflicts

Source: Spiegel

Photo Gallery: Islam's Old Sectarian Divide


They began as a cry for freedom in the Middle East, but the Arab rebellions have become increasingly characterized by an ancient sectarian conflict between Sunni and Shiite Muslims. SPIEGEL examines how the power struggle between the two groups is sparking new fears along old frontlines.


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  1. I have spent several years working in Baghdad. I can say that I have made good friends among the top leadership of the new (mainly Shiah) Government. They all knew that I was not a Shiah. They still showed me a lot of respect. – I do not feel that there is a Shiah – Sunni battle going on in the religious sense. It is all a question of power and leadership. The Saudis claim leadership of the Islamic world, even many Sunnis do not want to follow them and definately Iran does not. The reason for disagreement however is never in the religious dogma.

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