The Iranian Revolution and Sunni Political Islam

This memo tries to reassess the impact of the Iranian Revolution of 1979 on Sunni Islamic movements outside of Iran.[1] The Iranian Revolution had, in some form or another, an impact on all movements across the globe that were using Islamic frames of reference for political activism.

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A Purge in Riyadh

The night of November 4 will long be remembered in Saudi Arabia as a turning point. Three interconnected events took place in Riyadh.

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Sectarian Identity Entrepreneurs

The notion of the sectarian identity entrepreneur can be a helpful concept to explain the salience of sectarianism in the politics of the Middle East.

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Transnational Diffusion between Arab Shia Movements

Anti-Shia polemics generally overemphasize the transnational connections of Arab Shia communities, while Arab Shia leaders often downplay them, stating that the national affiliation is the most important trait of Arab Shia identity.

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