radicalization and ignoble Islam

        The split between Sunni and Shi’ite Muslims is one of the most misunderstood sagas in the modern world. The centuries-old strife sporadically erupts into new bloodshed throughout the Middle East — today, particularly, in war-torn Iraq and Syria, where the power vacuum created by ISIS, has reopened old wounds. As British-born journalist Lesley Hazleton argues, these wounds have been left to fester by a lack of adequate planning or understanding of the issue’s complexities on the part of American policymakers. Her new book, After the Prophet, recounts the epic story of the split between Islam’s two main factions and its present role in the Middle East.

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