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The Sunna and Shi'a in History Division and Ecumenism in the Muslim Middle East by Meir Litvak

The Sunna and Shi'a in History Division and Ecumenism in the Muslim Middle East


The Sunna and Shi'a in History Division and Ecumenism in the Muslim Middle East by Meir Litvak

Sunni-Shi'i relations have undergone significant transformations in recent decades. In order to understand these developments, the contributors to the present volume demonstrate the complexity of Sunni-Shi'i relations by analyzing political, ideological, and social encounters between the two communities from early Islamic history to the present.


Although there have been a few previous works on the subject of ecumenism and conflict in Islam between Sunnism and Shi'ism, none has had the breadth and depth of this book. It will appeal to readers who want to be better informed about an important area that is vital to understanding what is going on the in the Middle East. It contains the work of a good range of writers who are strong in this area. - Moojan Momen, author of An Introduction to Shi'i Islam and Understanding Religion

About the Author

MEIR LITVAK Professor in the Department of Middle Eastern and African History at Tel Aviv University, Israel. Ofra Bengio is a Senior Research Fellow at The Moshe Dayan Center for Middle Eastern and African Studies and a Professor in Middle East History at Tel Aviv University. MEIR Litvak is the Director of the Center for Iranian Studies and an Associate Professor at the Department of Middle Eastern History at Tel Aviv University, Israel.

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Publication date

16th December 2014


Meir Litvak

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Palgrave Macmillan


278 pages





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