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<i>The Shiʿis</i>: Loyalty to the Community or the State?

Ofra Bengio

in Saddam's Word

Published in print April 1998 | ISBN: 9780195114393
Published online October 2011 | e-ISBN: 9780199854523 | DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.1093/acprof:oso/9780195114393.003.0008

Series: Studies in Middle Eastern History

The Shiʿis: Loyalty to the Community or the State?

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The Shiʿis issues is discussed in this chapter. A study of their attitude towards either Iraqi or Arab nationalism is a difficult undertaking. The Shiʿis of Iraq was a silent majority. Sometimes even verbalizing the word Shiʿi is avoided. Taʿifiyya which means sectarianism in English is also looked at here, wherein racism comes into the picture. Furthermore, another derogatory name for the Shiʿis is introduced, this word is shuʿubiyya. Another term used after Taʿiffiyya and shuʿubiyya was iqlimmiyya. The three words were termed as the enemies of unity.

Keywords: nationalism; sectarianism; racism; Shiʿis; enemies; unity

Chapter.  5286 words. 

Subjects: Asian History

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