The Partisans of Ali
A History of Shia Faith and Politics
The United States is immersed more deeply than ever in the Muslim world’s sectarian divide. A five-part series explores the split between Shia and Sunnis, from its origins shortly after the death of Muhammed in the seventh century to the modern-day upheaval in Iraq.
In this Series
February 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.
February 14, 2007 · Iran’s Shiite revolutionaries encountered resistance from the Arab states led by Sunnis, Islam’s majority branch, when they tried to export ideology. This resistance spawned unforeseen conflicts throughout the Middle East. Web Extra: Series Overview, Bios, Timeline
February 13, 2007 · The Shia are a minority among Islam’s 1.3 billion people. For centuries, they have been considered the downtrodden of the Islamic world. But as turmoil gripped the Middle East in the past 100 years, their prospects have changed dramatically.
February 12, 2007 · The division in Islam between the Shia minority and the Sunni majority seems to be deepening, not just in Iran and Iraq, but across the Middle East. The split occurred soon after the death of the Prophet Muhammad, nearly 1,400 years ago.