The Shia Revival

Nasr's recent "Shia Revival" portrays an historic struggle between the Shia and Sunna, and comments on its modern-day ramifications both in the Middle East and globally.

Vali Nasr, The Shia Revival: How Conflicts within Islam will shape the future, W. W Norton & Company, 2006.

Vali Nasr is a professor at the Naval Postgraduate School and Senior Adjunct Fellow at the Council on Foreign Relations. Born in Iran, he now lives in La Jolla, California.

Iranian-born scholar Vali Nasr has become one of America's leading commentators on current events in the Middle East, admired and welcomed by both media and government for his concise and coherent analysis. In his recent "Shia Revival", Nasr dissects the political and theological antagonisms within Islam. He portrays the bitter 1,400-year old struggle between Shia and Sunna, and sheds light on its modern-day consequences—from the nuclear posturing of Iran's President Ahmadinejad to the recent U.S.-enabled shift toward Shia power in Iraq and Hezbollah's continued dominance in Lebanon.

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