The following is a list of suggested reading about the Shia-Sunni conflict.
- The Shia Revival: How Conflicts Within Islam Will Shape the Future, by Vali Nasr, W.W. Norton and Company, 2006.
- Democracy in Iran: History and the Quest for Liberty, by Ali Gheissari and Vali Nasr, Oxford University Press, 2006.
- Reaching for Power: The Shi'a in the Modern Arab World, by Yitzhak Nakash, Princeton University Press, 2006.
- The Shi'is of Iraq, by Yitzhak Nakash, Princeton University Press, 2003.
- Sacred Space and Holy War: The Politics, Culture, and History of Shi'ite Islam, by Juan Cole, I.B. Tauris, 2002.
- Reinventing Khomeini: The Struggle for Reform in Iran, by Daniel Brumberg, University of Chicago Press, 2001.
- Hezbollah: A Short History, by Augustus Richard Norton, Princeton University Press, 2007.
- Hidden Iran: Paradox and Power in the Islamic Republic, by Ray Takeyh, Times Books, 2006.
- The Assassins' Gate: America in Iraq, by George Packer, Farrar, Straus and Giroux, 2006.
- The Persian Puzzle: The Conflict Between Iran and America, by Kenneth Pollack, Random House, 2004.
- Inventing Iraq: The Failure of Nation Building and a History Denied, by Toby Dodge, Columbia University Press, 2005.
- A History of Iraq, by Charles Tripp, Cambridge University Press, 2002.
- The Future of Political Islam, by Graham E. Fuller, Palgrave Macmillan, 2004.
- The Iranian Labyrinth: Journeys Through Theocratic Iran and Its Furies, Dilip Hiro, Nation Books, 2005.
- The Longest War: The Iran-Iraq Military Conflict, Dilip Hiro, Paladin Grafton Books, 1990.
- A History of the Arab Peoples, Albert Hourani, Warner Books, 1992.
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