14: The Sunna and Shi'a in History

An interview with Ofra Bengio and Meir Litvak on their recently published book, The Sunna and the Shi'a in History (Palgrave Macmillan), an edited volume featuring essays on the changing dynamics of the two largest streams of Islam.

In the show, we discuss the origins of the Sunni-Shi'i rift and historical turning points in the relationship between the two sects. Ofra and Meir also talk about why in conflicts about the past, "what matters is not what 'actually happened,' but whose narrative or record prevails."

14: The Sunna and Shi'a in History

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Ofra Bengio is a research fellow at the Moshe Dayan Center at Tel Aviv University. Her areas of research include the Arabic language, Turkish-Israeli relations, and modern and contemporary politics of Iraq with special emphasis on the Kurds. 

Meir Litvak is a research fellow at the Moshe Dayan Center and the director of the Center for Iranian Studies at Tel Aviv University. His research interests include modern Shi'i history, Palestinian politics, and Arab discourses.


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