Reading List: Shi'is in the Modern Middle East

Some of our listeners have written in asking about the readings that Meir Litvak and Ofra Bengio recommended on our latest podcast, The Sunna and Shi'a in History. 

Below are their recommendations for readings on the Shi'a, plus a couple extra. 

But first, be sure to check out Meir and Ofra's new edited volume, The Sunna and Shi'a in History: Division and Ecumenism in the Muslim Middle East (Palgrave Macmillan) — one of the most historically and geographically comprehensive books on the Sunna-Shi'a rift to date. 

Yitzhak Nakash

Meir Litvak

Martin Kramer
A guest on Diwaniyya's recent episode on Jamal Al-Din Al-Afghani, Martin Kramer has also written extensively on the "Shi'i Crescent" phenomenon. You can find his articles on the subject here

Suggested Listening: NPR's five part series on Shi'ism.

Do you have any readings on the Sunna, Shi'a or Sunna-Shi'a relations that you'd like to recommend to our listeners? Please share your bibliographies with us in the comments, on our Facebook page, or email us at

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- Shoshi Shmuluvitz


Diwaniyya Contributor

1 comment:

  1. A few on the Shi'a:

    Roy Mottahedeh - The Mantle of the Prophet
    Najam Haider - The Origins of the Shi'a
    Fouad Ajami - The Vanished Imam