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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.
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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.
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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.
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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.
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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.
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Feb 12, 2007 — Read short biographies of some of the major figures in our series about the split between Sunni and Shiite Muslims.
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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.
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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.
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Feb 12, 2007 — A list of suggested reading about the Shiite-Sunni conflict.
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