The Partisans of Ali
Feb 13, 2007 — For centuries, Islam's Shiite minority was considered the downtrodden of the Islamic world. But as turbulence gripped the Middle East in recent decades, their prospects changed dramatically.
Feb 14, 2007 — Iran's Shiites tried to spread their ideology after the 1979 revolution, but have met resistance in Arab states led by Sunnis. This has contributed to conflicts throughout the Middle East.
Feb 15, 2007 — When the United States invaded Iraq four years ago, it didn't set out to deepen the Sunni-Shia divide in the Islamic world. But that may be one of the most important outcomes of the war.
Feb 16, 2007 — America's aims in Iraq changed as the sectarian conflict between Shia and Sunni deepened. Now bringing stability to Iraq is the goal, while preventing Shiite Iran's emergence as a regional power.
Feb 12, 2007 — In a five-part series, we look at the origins of the Sunni-Shia split in Islam, the religious and historical differences, how Iran became Shiite, and how conflicts involving Shiism have made an impact beyond the Middle East.
Feb 12, 2007 — Read short biographies of some of the major figures in our series about the split between Sunni and Shiite Muslims.
Feb 12, 2007 — The division of Islam into Sunni and Shiite branches goes far back in Muslim history to the aftermath of the death of the Prophet Muhammad. Read a chronology.
Feb 9, 2007 — Sectarian violence in Iraq has broadened awareness of the split between Sunni and Shia Muslims, the thousand years of Shiite history and the sect's changing fortunes.
Feb 12, 2007 — A list of suggested reading about the Shiite-Sunni conflict.