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The Shi'is of Iraq

Author: Yitzhak Nakash
Publisher: Princeton, NJ : Princeton University Press, [2018] ©1994
Edition/Format:   eBook : Document : Government publication : EnglishView all editions and formats
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The Shi'is of Iraq provides a comprehensive history of Iraq's majority group and its turbulent relations with the ruling Sunni minority. Yitzhak Nakash challenges the widely held belief that Shi'i society and politics in Iraq are a reflection of Iranian Shi'ism, pointing to the strong Arab attributes of Iraqi Shi'ism. He contends that behind the power struggle in Iraq between Arab Sunnis and Shi'is there exist two  Read more...
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Genre/Form: History
Electronic books
Material Type: Document, Government publication, Internet resource
Document Type: Internet Resource, Computer File
All Authors / Contributors: Yitzhak Nakash
ISBN: 9780691190440 0691190445
OCLC Number: 1076425827
Language Note: In English.
Description: 1 online resource
Contents: Cover; Title Page; Copyright Page; CONTENTS; Preface; Introduction to the 2003 Paperback Edition; A Note on Transliteration; Abbreviations; INTRODUCTION; PART ONE: The Formative Years; CHAPTER ONE: The Making of Iraqi Shi'i Society; Iraq the Frontier; The Shrine Cities; The Conversion of the Tribes to Shi'ism; The Nature of the Conversion; CHAPTER TWO: Years of Upheaval; The Impact of Two Revolutions; Muslim Unity and the Jihad Movement; The 1919 Plebiscite; The 1920 Revolt; PART TWO: The State and the Shi'is; CHAPTER THREE: Exercising Social Control; Containing the Mujtahids Managing the Tribal ShaykhsBaghdad and the Shrine Cities; The Blow to the Status of Persians; Human Dilemmas; CHAPTER FOUR: The Search for Political Representation; Recognizing the State; The 1935 Revolt; The Bid for Power; The Radical Options; PART THREE: The Transformation of Rituals and Religious Practices; CHAPTER FIVE: The Commemoration of 'Ashura'; The Nature of the Muharram Observances; The Mujtabids and the Muharram Observances; The State and 'Ashura'; CHAPTER SIX: Pilgrimage to the Shrine Cities and the Cult of the Saints; Foreign Pilgrimage; Internal Visitation CHAPTER SEVEN: The Corpse TrafficDevelopment and Socioeconomic Functions; The Religious Creed versus the Social Order; The State and the Corpse Traffic; PART FOUR: The Decline of Financial and Intellectual Institutions; CHAPTER EIGHT: Shi'i Money and the Shrine Cities; The Building of an Economic Base; The Oudh Bequest; The Consequences of Dependency on Foreign Funds; CHAPTER NINE: The Shi'i Madrasa in Iraq; Features and Functions; Signs of Decline; A New Iraqi Shi'i Madrasa; CONCLUSION; EPILOGUE: The Gulf War and its Aftermath; Appendix 1: The Constitution of the Buraq Quarter of Najaf Appendix 2: Important Shi'i Shrines, Tombs, and Holy Sites in IraqAppendix 3: Shi'i Holy Burial Sites; Bibliography; Index
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The Shi'is of Iraq provides a comprehensive history of Iraq's majority group and its turbulent relations with the ruling Sunni minority. Yitzhak Nakash challenges the widely held belief that Shi'i society and politics in Iraq are a reflection of Iranian Shi'ism, pointing to the strong Arab attributes of Iraqi Shi'ism. He contends that behind the power struggle in Iraq between Arab Sunnis and Shi'is there exist two sectarian groups that are quite similar. The tension fueling the sectarian problem between Sunnis and Shi'is is political rather than ethnic or cultural, and it reflects the competition of the two groups over the right to rule and to define the meaning of nationalism in Iraq. A new introduction brings this book into the new century and illuminates the role that Shi`is could play in postwar Iraq.

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