The House Divided

Sunni, Shia and the Conflict in the Middle East

Barnaby Rogerson

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Rogerson's timely book begins with the contemporary Middle East and the proxy wars between Saudi Arabia and its Sunni allies and Shiite Iran. To understand these, he suggests, we must understand the origins of the Sunni-Shia divide, which go back to the death of the Prophet Muhammad in 632, the accidental coup that set aside the claims of his son Ali, and the slaughter of Ali's own son Husayn at Kerbala. These events, known to every Muslim, have created a slender fault line in the Middle East.

This is a vivid tale full of doomed heroes and secret conspiracies as Rogerson shows how the rivalry between Arab, Turk and Persian has shaped the modern chessboard of nation states, oil wells, mountains and minorities, and at the seismic shift from the Iranian Revolution of 1979. It is vital, Rogerson contends, to both understand and empathise with the Islamic world's struggles with a conflict that matters not only in the Middle East, but to the world at large


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<b>Praise for Barnaby Rogerson</b>

Rogerson is eccentric and eclectic but always iconoclastic. He is not afraid to explore and elucidate the recondite in a way a more formal academic would not

Rogerson is an excellent story-teller

Wonderfully witty and crazily wide-ranging and erudite
s gift for filling out the characters of his main players
Rogerson has a novelist'
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