Sunni vs Shia: why the conflict is more political than religious

In this article on the British newspaper The Guardian, Middle East Editor Ian Black makes two important points:

First, Black writes that, although sectarianism reflects real religious differences and defines “otherness”, across the Middle East it has always been linked to power, resources, and territory.

Second, Black states that “sectarianism has certainly raised its ugly head in recent years – but a lot of people have worked hard to make that happen. And social media has made it easier than ever to spread toxic and intolerant messages […] It is the geopolitical context of the Middle East that gives this conflict its sectarian hue, not the other way round.”

Click here to read the entire article.

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