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Shi'ite Identities : Community and Culture in Changing Social Contexts / von Christoph Marcinkowski


The current political events surrounding the Iranian nuclear crisis, the precarious situation in Lebanon, as well as the still unsettled fate of Iraq have resulted in a renewed interest in the Shi`ite dimension of Islam among political observers. This volume covers the phenomenon of political assertiveness among contemporary Shi`ite Muslims in the Middle East, as well as among converts in Southeast Asia. It argues that Shi`ite identities are often based on local cultural heritage and history and are - contrary to what is usually assumed by the wider public - not to be considered monolithic.