The Religious Roots of Iran's Rivalry with Saudi Arabia

(Washington Post) Vali Nasr - The most important strategic divide in the Middle East today is between Iran and Saudi Arabia. At issue between them is not which is more religious and truer to the spirit of Islamic law, but rather whose Islam is the true faith - Shiism or Sunnism. The Washington plot shows that the fundamental divide at the heart of Islam continues to shape regional politics. The writer is professor of international politics at the Fletcher School of Law and Diplomacy of Tufts University.

2011-10-14 00:00:00

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