Category Archives: Sunni-Shia Sectarian Violence

Historical Perspectives on the Caliphate

The Islamic State (IS) claims to be in process of establishing a caliphate in the Muslim world. Most news media have either ignored or misunderstood the implications of the IS claim to the caliphate, however. The BBC argues that: “When … Continue reading

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New Wave of Iconoclasm in Iraq

Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant (ISIS) militants have reportedly launched iconoclastic attacks against religious sites in the areas of Iraq that they control. ISIS has apparently targeted numerous shrines and mosques that they deem offensive. Detailed reports are … Continue reading

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Growing Sectarian Violence in Iraq

Sectarian violence between Sunni and Shia militants is again growing in Iraq. A series of bombings targeting civilians at mosques and funerals has rocked Baghdad over the past week. In the latest attack, a suicide car bomb and two other … Continue reading

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Bombings in Lebanon

Two massive car bombs exploded today outside of the Taqwa and Al-Salam mosques in Tripoli, Lebanon, raising fears of spreading sectarian violence in the Middle East. According to the New York Times: “Car bombs exploded with catastrophic force outside two … Continue reading

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Increasing Sectarian Attacks in Iraq

Sectarian violence between Sunni and Shia militant groups is increasing once again in Iraq. According to the New York Times, “Across the country, the sectarianism that almost tore Iraq apart after the American-led invasion in 2003 is surging back. The … Continue reading

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