The House Divided: Sunni, Shia and the Conflict in the Middle East

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9781781257258
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2024
350 Pages
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2407

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Rogerson’s timely book begins with the contemporary Middle East and the proxy wars between Saudi Arabia and its Sunni allies and Shiite Iran. To understand these, he suggests, we must understand the origins of the Sunni-Shia divide, which go back to the death of the Prophet Muhammad in 632, the accidental coup that set aside the claims of his son Ali, and the slaughter of Ali’s own son Husayn at Kerbala. These events, known to every Muslim, have created a slender fault line in the Middle East.

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This is a vivid tale full of doomed heroes and secret conspiracies as Rogerson shows how the rivalry between Arab, Turk and Persian has shaped the modern chessboard of nation states, oil wells, mountains and minorities, and at the seismic shift from the Iranian Revolution of 1979. It is vital, Rogerson contends, to both understand and empathise with the Islamic world’s struggles with a conflict that matters not only in the Middle East, but to the world at large

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About the Author

Barnaby Rogerson is the author of more than a dozen books, including The Heirs of Muhammad: Islam's First Century and the Origins of the Sunni-Shia Schism, The Prophet Muhammad: A Biography, and A History of North Africa. He has lived and worked in many parts of the Arab world, and currently resides in London.

The House Divided: Sunni, Shia and the Conflict in the Middle East

Rogerson’s timely book begins with the contemporary Middle East and the proxy wars between Saudi Arabia and its Sunni allies and Shiite Iran. To understand these, he suggests, we must understand the origins of the Sunni-Shia divide, which go back to the death of the Prophet Muhammad in 632, the accidental coup that set aside the claims of his son Ali, and the slaughter of Ali’s own son Husayn at Kerbala. These events, known to every Muslim, have created a slender fault line in the Middle East.

Description

This is a vivid tale full of doomed heroes and secret conspiracies as Rogerson shows how the rivalry between Arab, Turk and Persian has shaped the modern chessboard of nation states, oil wells, mountains and minorities, and at the seismic shift from the Iranian Revolution of 1979. It is vital, Rogerson contends, to both understand and empathise with the Islamic world's struggles with a conflict that matters not only in the Middle East, but to the world at large

Praise and Reviews

Not available

About the Author

Barnaby Rogerson is the author of more than a dozen books, including The Heirs of Muhammad: Islam's First Century and the Origins of the Sunni-Shia Schism, The Prophet Muhammad: A Biography, and A History of North Africa. He has lived and worked in many parts of the Arab world, and currently resides in London.
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