The Shia Revival

The Shia Revival

by Vali Nasr

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“Historically incisive, geographically broad-reaching, and brimming with illuminating anecdotes.” —Max Rodenbeck, New York Review of Books

One of America’s leading commentators on current events in the Middle East, Iranian-born scholar Vali Nasr brilliantly dissects the political and theological antagonisms within Islam in this “smart, clear and timely” book (Washington Post). Still essential and still timely ten years after its original publication, The Shia Revival 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. A new epilogue elucidates the rise of ISIS and ongoing tensions between Iran and Saudi Arabia.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780393353389
Publisher: Norton, W. W. & Company, Inc.
Publication date: 09/06/2016
Edition description: Updated Edition
Pages: 320
Sales rank: 1,230,717
Product dimensions: 5.40(w) x 8.20(h) x 1.80(d)

About the Author

Vali Nasr is Dean and Professor of International Affairs at Johns Hopkins University's School of Advanced International Studies.

Table of Contents

Author's Note 9

Introduction 17

Chapter 1 The Other Islam: Who Are the Shia? 31

Chapter 2 The Making of Shia Politics 63

Chapter 3 The Fading Promise of Nationalism 81

Chapter 4 Khomeini's Moment 119

Chapter 5 The Battle of Islamic Fundamentalisms 147

Chapter 6 The Tide Turns 169

Chapter 7 Iraq: The First Arab Shia State 185

Chapter 8 The Rise of Iran 211

Chapter 9 The Battle for the Middle East 227

Afterword 255

Notes 275

Acknowledgments 291

Index 293

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