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14/05/2015

Sunni-Shiite Conflict Reflects Modern Power Struggle, Not Theological Schism

Filed under: riflessioni — Paolo Porsia @ 10:54 PM

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The ancient divide has become the biggest fault line in the battle for dominance in the Middle East

Pakistani Shiite Muslims mourn Wednesday following an attack by gunmen in Karachi that killed 43 Shiite Muslims.
Pakistani Shiite Muslims mourn Wednesday following an attack by gunmen in Karachi that killed 43 Shiite Muslims. Photo: Getty Images.
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By Yaroslav Trofimov
The Wall Street Journal
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BEIRUT—The conflict raging between Sunnis and Shiites across the Muslim world is easy to view as eternal hatred that is destined to keep claiming lives for the foreseeable future.

Yet despite its ancient roots, the divide hasn’t been this deep or bloody for centuries. And it is only in recent years that it has emerged as the biggest fault line in the battle for dominance in the Middle East and beyond.

People age 40 and over in countries such as Saudi Arabia or Pakistan still remember when they didn’t know—and didn’t particularly care—whether their neighbors and co-workers were Sunni or Shiite.

“The differences…

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