The Arab Shiʾa : the forgotten Muslims



The Arab Shiʾa : the forgotten Muslims

Graham E. Fuller and Rend Rahim Francke

Macmillan Press, 1999

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Includes bibliographical references(p. [279]-281) and index



This book is about the Arab Shi'a community, a group whose identity and relations to the rest of the Middle East cut to the heart of politics and society in the Arab and Muslim world. The Arab Shi'a represent a majority of the overall population along the Arab coast of the Persian Gulf and are the largest religious group in Lebanon. Historically there have been major tensions between the Shi'a and Sunni communities. This book, based on extensive field interviews, examines the nature of Shi'ite belief and community life, contemporary political and social problems, key grievances, and the nature of their relationship with the dominant Sunni state today as they seek a major voice in a new political order. Integration of the Shi'a is a key to orderly political evolution in the Gulf in the next century.


Introduction The Shi'a Identity The Shi'a in a Sunni State Shi'ite Demands and Political Strategies The Iranian Connection The Shi'a of Iraq The Shi'a of Bahrain The Shi'a of Kuwait The Shi'a of Saudi Arabia The Shi'a of Lebanon The Shi'a and the West Conclusions

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