How Conflicts within Islam Will Shape the Future

Vali Nasr
Vali Nasr

Middle East expert Vali Nasr talks about THE SHIA REVIVAL: How Conflicts within Islam Will Shape the Future in this engrossing interview with Francesca Rheannon.

Iranian-born scholar Vali Nasr recently went to work for the Obama Adminstration’s Richard Holbrooke as a special representative on Af-Pak (Afghanistan-Pakistan) affairs. We talked to him in 2007 about his book The Shia Revival. It’s about how conflicts within Islam — notably the Shia and Sunni sects and the respective countries they dominate — “will shape the future”. He was just featured in the September 28, 2009 issue of The New Yorker, in an article by George Packer about Holbrooke, “The Last Mission.”

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He covers the history of the Shia-Sunni split and says the Shia’s rise (aided by the Bush Administration’s misadventure in Iraq and destruction of Saddam’s Sunni dictatorship) encompasses Lebanon and Syria through the Persian Gulf to Iraq and Iran, and finally Pakistan and India.

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About Francesca Rheannon

Francesca Rheannon is an award-winning independent radio producer. In addition to hosting Writer's Voice, she's a freelance reporter for National Public Radio and its affiliates. Recipient of the prestigious Nancy Dickerson Whitehead Award for reporting on substance abuse issues for her news series, VOICES OF HIV, produced for 88.5 WFCR public radio in western Massachusetts. She is also finishing a book on Provence (PROVINCE OF THE HEART) and working on a memoir of her father, THE ARGONAUTS.