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

  • ISBN13: 9780393329681
  • Condition: USED – VERY GOOD
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Product Description
The New York Times bestseller: “Historically incisive, geographically broad-reaching, and brimming with illuminating anecdotes.”—Max Rodenbeck, New York Review of Books Profiled on the front page of the Wall Street Journal, Iranian-born scholar Vali Nasr has become one of America’s leading commentators on current events in the Middle East, admired and welcomed by both media and government for his “concise and coherent” analysis (Wall Street Journal). In this “smart, clear and timely” book (Washington Post), Nasr brilliantly dissects the political and theological antagonisms within Islam. He provides a unique and objective understanding of the 1,400-year bitter struggle between Shias and Sunnis, and sheds crucial light on its modern-day consequences—from the nuclear posturing of Iran’s President Ahmadinejad to the recent U.S.-enabled shift toward Shia power in Iraq and Hezbollah’s continued dominance in Lebanon. The paperback edition features a new foreword for 2007. .

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


  1. This is just a biased one sided book, that states that all things wrong to the Shias have done by Sunnis. The author’s claim are quite far fetched as to blame all the wrong things that happened to Shia’s on Sunnis and their ulterior motives against Shias. However the larger problem that I have with the book is this. This book will only grow more divisions between people in this case muslims. The world doesnot need more dividers. The world needs unifiers who are woroking towards peace, harmony and unification between different faiths and different sub sects. T
    Rating: 1 / 5

  2. To be fair to the author the book does mention that Saddam got much of his own Iraq bombed in the 1980’s in the Iran-Iraq War. But the author only talks about a Kurd becoming Iraq’s president and the former doesn’t really get into the dreaded Anfal Campaign of Saddam’s (where the former Iraqi dictator murdered 100’s of thousands of Iraqi Kurds). Plus, in this book there is no mention of Gaddafi of Libya quitting his nuclear bomb building project, when Saddam was captured by american military forces, for fearing he (Gaddafi) may have been taken down next by the US if he didn’t start behaving himself.
    Rating: 2 / 5

  3. The book was fascinating and informative. Unfortunetly the publisher lacks quality controls as the last chapter, # 9, was misssing and I had two chapter # 8’s. I will have to wait until I find it in the library to finish the book.
    Rating: 3 / 5

  4. All the pertinent information must be here but I found it a chore to wade through it all. I think it could have been simplified or somehow better organized.

    Historians can follow one person or concept through time or they can proceed by year or decade. This book uses both methods but it left the subject complex for me. And while all the players were identified, I’m not sure how many were necessary for telling the story.

    A typical history book. I guess I’m not that much of a history buff.

    Rating: 3 / 5


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