The Shia and Sunni represent the most important theological and historical divide in Islam. Over the past three decades this religious divide has evolved into sectarian conflict in a number of Muslim countries and has become a mainstay of regional strategic rivalry. A number of political and socioeconomic factors explain this turn, among them shape of Muslim states and their colonial legacies, changes in demography and economic balance, and regional and international events. Sectarianism is an important regional dynamic, the only tension that cuts across a number of Muslim countries at once to challenge religious and social stability in the Muslim world.
Yohsin Lecture Series – Vali Nasr
22/11/20145:00 pm-7:00 pm
Habib University Auditorium