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The Shia Revival: How Conflicts within Islam Will Shape the Future | [Vali Nasr]

The Shia Revival: How Conflicts within Islam Will Shape the Future

Profiled on the front page of the Wall Street Journal, Iranian-born scholar Vali Nasr has become one of America's leading commentators on current events in the Middle East, admired and welcomed by both media and government for his "concise and coherent" analysis (Wall Street Journal). In this "smart, clear and timely" book (Washington Post), Nasr brilliantly dissects the political and theological antagonisms within Islam. He 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—from the nuclear posturing of Iran's President Ahmadinejad to the recent U.S.-enabled shift toward Shia power in Iraq and Hezbollah's continued dominance in Lebanon.
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Profiled on the front page of the Wall Street Journal, Iranian-born scholar Vali Nasr has become one of America's leading commentators on current events in the Middle East, admired and welcomed by both media and government for his "concise and coherent" analysis (Wall Street Journal). In this "smart, clear and timely" book (Washington Post), Nasr brilliantly dissects the political and theological antagonisms within Islam. He 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—from the nuclear posturing of Iran's President Ahmadinejad to the recent U.S.-enabled shift toward Shia power in Iraq and Hezbollah's continued dominance in Lebanon.

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What the Critics Say

"Historically incisive, geographically broad-reaching, and brimming with illuminating anecdotes." (Max Rodenbeck, New York Review of Books)

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    TimB Durham, NC 07-30-14
    TimB Durham, NC 07-30-14 Member Since 2014
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    "Overview of sectarian dynamics in the region"
    Would you listen to The Shia Revival again? Why?

    Most likely not. I thought this book was a great primer on the history of Shia/Sunni relations in the Gulf, but it is does not put forth any truly unique or original way of viewing the region that I feel needs revisiting. This book is a great primer, but not an exhaustive source of information. I haven't decided to purchase a print copy of this book to use as a reference as I have for other audio books I've listened to.


    What did you like best about this story?

    Nasr's wide regional scope, and relatively narrow focus (Sunni/Shia relations) allows for a better analysis of regional trends than many other works which tend to focus solely on the history of a single nation or a single war/political event.


    Have you listened to any of Fleet Cooper’s other performances before? How does this one compare?

    No, N/A.


    Was this a book you wanted to listen to all in one sitting?

    Yes, but I love history in general so that's not much of a surprise!


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Pari Golha Maryland USA 11-28-13
    Pari Golha Maryland USA 11-28-13 Member Since 2009
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    "The Narrator Needs Language Lessons"
    Would you consider the audio edition of The Shia Revival to be better than the print version?

    The audio version is poor, because the narrator butchers all the names, places and concepts with his terrible pronunciation. He needs to prepare himself better and learn how to pronounce these words, so he does not at times even alter the meaning of the words.

    The content of the book is superb, but this narration is a disaster.


    What was one of the most memorable moments of The Shia Revival?

    The explanation of the differences between the sects.


    How could the performance have been better?

    The narrator could learn to pronounce what he is reading.


    Did you have an extreme reaction to this book? Did it make you laugh or cry?

    No. I do not find this question relevant. It made me think and it made me interested in finding out more.


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Sam San Diego, CA, United States 07-18-13
    Sam San Diego, CA, United States 07-18-13 Member Since 2012

    I love to learn, grow and evolve as an being!

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    "VERY Accurate! very complex “dumbs down” details"
    Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

    YES, A++ The author Vali Nasr Does EXCELLENT Job of simplifying such a complex issue. Very thoughtful and really unbiased. More of a historical perspective of how we got to where we are today. Makes a very complicated issue easier to understand. He has a very good “deep” understanding of this topic and looks at many angles and issues. Perfect for someone who wants to better understand the geo-religious- politics of the Middle East.


    What did you like best about this story?

    its the truth


    Which scene was your favorite?

    I've read over 100 books and this is the #1


    Was there a moment in the book that particularly moved you?

    the deep details


    Any additional comments?

    You have nothing to lose and everything to gain by this thoughtful book.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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