Lawrence Rosen: Between Sunni and Shi’a, 19 November 2020
Show More Sunnis and Shi’a: A Political History by Laurence Louër.
Princeton, 227 pp., £25, February, 978 0 691 18661 0Show More
Black Wave: Saudi Arabia, Iran and the Rivalry that Unravelled the Middle East by Kim Ghattas.
Wildfire, 337 pp., £20, January, 978 1 4722 7109 9Show More
“... as devices to liberate thought … end often by enslaving it’.Laurence Louër and Kim Ghattas follow different but not incompatible lines of exposition as they struggle to make sense of events in the region. Louër, a sociologist at Sciences Po in Paris, takes a straightforwardly academic approach, tracing the Sunni-Shi’a split ...”