Can’t We all Get Along? Sunni-Shiite Commonalities
By Tareq Ramadan is a PhD Candidate in the U.S. specializing in Arab and Islamic Studies.
“As we enter the Islamic New Year (1436 AH) and therefore the month of Muharram (one of Islam’s sacred months), many Muslims see an increasingly fractured and segmented Muslim world that is rife with sectarianism resulting from, and exacerbated by, the political and military conflicts that have recently engulfed parts of the Middle East. Some view the social upheavals witnessed in Bahrain, Syria, Yemen, Lebanon, and Iraq as the direct result of sectarian politics that often favored members of one sect over another and which culminated in prolonged social unrest, civil war, or full-blown military conflicts between the state and some anti-regime factions.
However, it would be irresponsible, simplistic and reductionist to characterize the conflicts in those places as solely the result of long, festering religious incompatibilities between various Muslim groups. To paint members of either sect as monolithic in their worldviews or political preferences would also be an unsophisticated, unwarranted endeavor…”
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“Tareq Ramadan is a PhD Candidate in the U.S. specializing in Arab and Islamic Studies and teaches courses on contemporary Arab society, Islamic Civilization, and Middle East political history. (NOT to be confused with Swiss scholar Dr. Tariq Ramadan).”