Broadcast date: October 14, 2009
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Does the Sunni/Shia conflict contribute to the image of Islam as a violent religion? How much does it account for the violence in Iraq? We look into the origins of the Sunni/Shia split, consider the bombing of the Shia shrine in Karbala, and talk with a Muslim scholar working on promote intrafaith harmony.
- Lesley Hazelton: psychologist and veteran journalist, author of several books on Middle East politics, religion, and history including After the Prophet
- Hisham Hellyer: Ford Fellow of the Project on US Relations with the Islamic World at the Brookings Institution (USA)
- Lesley Hazelton’s book: After the Prophet
- Review of After the Prophet
- The Seattle Times: review of After the Prophet
- Hisham Hellyer
- Hisham Hellyer: Sunni or Shia, we are all Muslim and must stand up to al Qa’eda
- The Doha Debates: Is Sunni-Shia conflict damaging Islam’s reputation as a religion of peace?
- BBC: The Sunni-Shia Split
- YouTube video: 3D Dialogue: Shia and Sunni Muslims