The Partisans of Ali

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

The Partisans of Ali: A Series Overview

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.

Export of Iran’s Revolution Spawns Violence

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

Shia Rise Amid Century of Mideast Turmoil

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.

The Origins of the Shia-Sunni Split

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.

Key Individuals in the Shia-Sunni Divide

February 12, 2007 · Read short biographies of some of the major figures in our series about the split between Sunni and Shia Muslims.

The Partisans of Ali: A Chronology

February 12, 2007 · The division of Islam into Sunni and Shia branches goes far back in Muslim history to the aftermath of the death of the Prophet Muhammad. Read a chronology.


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One response to “The Partisans of Ali

  1. As salaam alaikum.

    On the topic of hikma. Alhamdulillah I have a daily Bayt al Hikma reflection on my blog. It is a project I am working on for a full Islamic year.

    Come on by for your daily dose of hikma! (insha’llah)

    Wa salaama,

    nuh ibn

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