Research output: Chapter in Book/Report/Conference proceedingForeword/postscript


The American-led invasion of Iraq in 2003 resulted in a major upheaval in the tortuous relationship between Sunnis and Shi’is, the two major religious communities of the Muslim world. The demise of the Sunni-dominated Ba‘th regime and the rise of the long-oppressed Shi‘i majority to political prominence in this pivotal country appeared to have changed the regional balance of power between the two sects and emboldened the Shi‘a. The consolidation of Iran as a regional power and the political developments in Lebanon created an impression of Shi‘i dynamism and increased the sense of vulnerability among the elites in Sunni countries.
Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationThe Sunna and Shi’a in History
Subtitle of host publicationDivision and Ecumenism in the Muslim Middle East
EditorsOfra Bengio, Meir Litvak
Place of PublicationNew York, N.Y
PublisherPalgrave Macmillan
Number of pages16
ISBN (Electronic)023012092X, 023037073X, 1137495065, 1283440296, 9780230370739, 9786613440297, 9781137495068
ISBN (Print)9780230120921, 9781137485588
StatePublished - 2011


  • Arab Country
  • Arab World
  • Muslim Community
  • Muslim World
  • Islamic Movement

ULI Keywords

  • uli


Dive into the research topics of 'Introduction'. Together they form a unique fingerprint.

Cite this