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Shia of Samarra: The Heritage and Politics of a Community in Iraq Imranali Panjwani

Shia of Samarra: The Heritage and Politics of a Community in Iraq

Imranali Panjwani

Published July 4th 2012
ISBN : 9781280876721
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On 22 February 2006, the main dome of the al-Askariyya shrine in Samarra was blown up. In the aftermath, sectarian strife between Shii and Sunni communities in Iraq and the wider region resonated around the world. The assault on Samarra, which wasMoreOn 22 February 2006, the main dome of the al-Askariyya shrine in Samarra was blown up. In the aftermath, sectarian strife between Shii and Sunni communities in Iraq and the wider region resonated around the world. The assault on Samarra, which was built in the period of the Abbasid caliphate in the ninth century CE, therefore came to represent for many a symbol of the destructive civil conflict which engulfed Iraq following the 2003 US-led invasion. The Shia of Samarra explores and analyses the cultural, architectural and political heritage of the Shia in both Samarra and the Middle East, thus highlighting how this city functions as a microcosm for the contentious issues and debates which remain at the forefront of efforts to rebuild the modern Iraqi state. Its examination of the socio-political context of the Shia/Sunni divide provides important insights for students and researchers working on the history and politics of Iraq and the Middle East, as well as those interested in the art and architecture of the Islamic world._x000D__x000D_The authors and compiler of this volume are to be thanked for placing Samarra in its true historical focus, bringing an appreciation of the ways in which the city and its monuments resonated through the history of the region. - Charles R. H. Tripp, Professor of Politics at the School of Oriental and African Studies (SOAS), University of London