The Sunni­-Shia Conflict in Iraq: A Cultural Perspective

The Republic of Iraq has been a fixation for U.S. media for over a decade. However, many people are unaware of the country’s complex internal relations, especially those between Iraq’s Sunni and Shia populations. Tensions between these two groups have existed throughout history and have worsened in recent years, especially after Saddam Hussein’s regime. As sectarian conflicts escalate and the country’s disunity deepens, will a greater understanding of the reasons for these conflicts provide hope for future peace?

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