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Traces the role of the Shi'is in the struggle raging among Muslims for the soul of Islam. This book shows that in contrast to the growing militancy among Sunni groups since the 1990s, Shi'is have shifted their focus from confrontation to accommodation with the West. It addresses the crucial importance of Shi'is to US endeavors.
Yitzhak Nakash is associate professor of Middle Eastern and Islamic studies at Brandeis University. The author of The Shi'is of Iraq (Princeton), he has contributed articles to Foreign Affairs, Newsweek, and the New York Times .
Short-listed for Choice's Outstanding Academic Titles 2006 (United States).