(see also Iraq, Iraq: Saddam Regime, Gulf War: 1990-2003, Iraq: US Occupation, Iran: Islamic Revolution, Iran-Iraq War & Juan Cole)
The Shi'ite Earthquake. Juan Cole, Salon [Truthout] (2/1/05).
How US Missteps May Cloud Iraqi Vote. William O. Beeman, San Jose Mercury News [Truthout] (1/27/05). US policy & the Shi'ite majority.
The Shiite Surge. David Rieff, NY Times Magazine (2/1/04).
What's the Difference Between Shi'ah & Sunni? Christianity Today (4/30/03). Shi'a may be more receptive to Christianity than Sunnis!!!!
On the Web: Specialized Sites
Juan Cole Informed Comment. Frequent updates by leading US scholar of Iraq & Shi'a Islam, now an astute commentator on Iraq under US military occupation.
Anderson, Jon Lee. "Dreaming of Baghdad," New Yorker (2/03):57-69. Visit with Iraqi Shi'a opposition in exile.
Friedman, Thomas L. "Islamic Iraq may work," San Jose Mercury News (12/5/03). Shi'ite dominance could mean government "more religious than Turkey but more democratic than Iran." Key figure is Ayatollah Ali al-Sistani.
Jabar, Faleh A. "Difficulties & dangers of regime removal," Middle East Report 225 (win 2002).
__________.The worldly roots of religiosity in post-Saddam Iraq," Middle East Report 227 (sum 2003): 12-18 .
LaFranchi, Howard. "Key Shi'ites soften tone towarde US," Christian Science Monitor (11/19/03).
Somodevilla, Chip. "Ambitious mosque," San Jose Mercury News (12/5/03):1. Baghdad mosque, begun by Saddam in late 80s, will be completed as world's largest center of Shi'ite worship.
In the Library: Non-Fiction Books
Cole, Juan R.I. & Nikki R. Keddie (eds.) Shi'ism & Social Protest (New Haven: Yale, 1986).
__________. Sacred Space & Holy War: The Politics, Culture & History of Shi'ite Islam (London: I.B. Tauris, 2002).
Halm, Heinz. Shia Islam: From Religion to Revolution (Princeton, 1996).
Jabar, Faleh A. Ayatollahs, Sufis, & Ideologues: State, Religion & Social Movements (London: Saqi Books, 2002).
____________. Tribes & Power in the Middle East (London: Saqi Books, 2002).
____________. The Shi'a Movement of Iraq (London: Saqi Books, ?).
Nakash, Yitzhak. The Shi'is of Iraq (Princeton: Princeton U, 1994).
Wiley, Joyce N. The Islamic Movement of Iraqi Shi'as (Boulder: Lynne Reinner, 1992).
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