Who is shia dating

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This tendency to depict the political tension as a sectarian one rooted in inflexible innately opposed identities, is reductionist, if not entirely misleading.

Instead of exploring the complex and dynamic nature of the Syrian conflict that is essentially a conflict over power; many are busy redrawing sectarian maps and concluding that the conflict is essentially a sectarian one.

In other words, the boundaries of the sectarian and political identities became equal, making it possible for instance to use the terms "Shia" and "Hezbollah" or "Alawite" and "Pro-Assad regime" interchangeably.

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The ongoing and intensifying conflict in Iraq has fallen – at least in part – along sectarian lines, with the Sunni Muslim militant group ISIS (the Islamic State in Iraq and Syria) advancing against the Shia Muslim-led Iraqi government and Shia militias.

In the meantime, the Iranian revolution of 1979 succeeded in establishing an Islamic republic headed by a Shia who serves as the supreme leader of the government.

The exportation of the Iranian revolution had clear and immediate outcomes ranging from the creation of the Tehrik-e-Nafaz-e-Fiqah-e-Jafaria (Organisation of the Jaafari Law) in Pakistan, to the establishment of Hezbollah in Lebanon in 1982.

Therefore, the political divide can only become a sectarian divide in countries where the competing factions maintain a certain level of power.

Sectarianism is an invented concept that it is created using historical, economic and cultural material for the purposes of political mobilisation.

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