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NYT: Muslim Shrine Stands as a Crossroads in Syria’s Unrest

Last week, we read about the Sunni-Shia split and the significance of important shrines in Shiism. This NYT article discusses the shrine of Zeinab in Damascus and its role in the ongoing Syrian conflict: “Inside the revered shrine here, under … Continue reading

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Can You Tell A Sunni From A Shiite?

Back in 2006, Jeff Stein wrote an op-ed piece for the NYT in which he told of the puzzlement of American counterterrorism officials over one of the most basic divisions within the Islamic world. I see no better case for … Continue reading

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Hello Class!

This is the new blog for the “Islam and the Modern Middle East” course. Look here for more information,

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