December 12, 2011

When States Are Weak, Sectarianism Flares

Noah Feldman, Bloomberg

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For most of Islamic history, Sunnis and Shiites have managed to get along under the guidance of strong governments -- mostly run by Sunnis who kept the Shiites in their place. But when governments are on the edge of collapse, as in Iraq a few years ago and in Syria andAfghanistan today, the old sectarian tensions flare.

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TAGGED: Shiite, Sunni, sectarianism, Arab Spring

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