The Shia Revival (Paperback)

By Vali Nasr

W. W. Norton & Company, 9780393353389, 320pp.

Publication Date: September 6, 2016

Other Editions of This Title:
Paperback (4/1/2007)
Hardcover (8/1/2006)

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“Historically incisive, geographically broad-reaching, and brimming with illuminating anecdotes.” —Max Rodenbeck, New York Review of Books

One of America’s leading commentators on current events in the Middle East, Iranian-born scholar Vali Nasr brilliantly dissects the political and theological antagonisms within Islam in this “smart, clear and timely” book (Washington Post). Still essential and still timely ten years after its original publication, The Shia Revival provides a unique and objective understanding of the 1,400-year bitter struggle between Shias and Sunnis and sheds crucial light on its modern-day consequences. A new epilogue elucidates the rise of ISIS and ongoing tensions between Iran and Saudi Arabia.

About the Author

Vali Nasr is Dean and Professor of International Affairs at Johns Hopkins University's School of Advanced International Studies.

Praise For The Shia Revival

Broad-ranging and detailed, but still eminently readable.
— L. Carl Brown

Arguably the best book on the market that provides a critical background to the emotionally charged events we have been witnessing in Iran, Iraq, Lebanon and beyond.
— Nader Hashemi

The value of Mr. Nasr’s account lies in the context he gives to today’s headlines.