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The Shia Revival: How Conflicts within Islam Will Shape the Future

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[ISBN : 0-393-06211-2]

As nations around the world struggle with the threat of militant Islam, Vali Nasr, one of the leading scholars on the Middle East, provides us with a rare opportunity of understanding the political and theological antagonisms within Islam itself. “The Shia Revival” is a penetrating historical account of sectarian conflicts in the Muslim world, and how the future rests in finding a peaceful solution to the ancient rivalries between the Shias and the Sunnis. Nasr provides a unique and objective understanding of this 1,400-year bitter struggle between the two sects – tracing its roots from the succession of the Prophet Muhammad – forcing us to differentiate the religious and theological aspect of Islam from its political and military rivalries. Outlining the rich history of a people and a vibrant culture that has spanned not only the Middle East but also modern-day Pakistan and India, Nasr explains the traditional hostilities and scrutinizes their current embodiment in the power…



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