Eclipse of the Sunnis

Eclipse of the Sunnis

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Hundreds of thousands of Sunni Muslims displaced or exiled by the conflict in Iraq have spread across the Middle East, unbalancing that sensitive region. From Amman to Beirut and Damascus, Deborah Amos follows the impact of one of the great migrations of modern times. The history of the Middle East tells us that one of the greatest problems of the last forty years has been that of a displaced population, angered by their inability to safely return home and resume ownership of their propertya€”as they see it. Now, the pattern has been repeated. A new population of exiles, as large as the Palestinians, has been created. This particular displacement stirs up the historic conflict between Sunni and Shia. More significant even than the creation of colonial nation states a century ago, the alienation of the Sunni middle class has the capacity to cause resounding resentments across the region for generations to come.the change in the nature of the people, observing that a€œinside every Iraqi citizen is a landmine about to blow up at you any second. ... served as a torturer during Saddama#39;s regime, must hide in the house or face retribution from revenge- seeking neighbors. ... Al-Assadya#39;s portrayal is darkly comic, a tragic vision of a damaged society beyond repair or redemption. ... My Jordanian taxi driver had to search for the exact place, slowly circling streets that looked similar, until Sabaa#39;s father finallyanbsp;...

Title:Eclipse of the Sunnis
Author:Deborah Amos
Publisher:PublicAffairs - 2010-03-09


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