Iraq and Gulf Analysis

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Archive for January, 2008

The Southern Mahdists Speak for Themselves

Posted by Reidar Visser on Sunday, 20 January 2008 20:36

In an interesting statement, the Adherents of the Mahdi, the group targeted in recent security operations in the southern Iraqi cities of Nasiriyya and Basra, have explained the conflict from their own point of view… Full story here.

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Ashura, 1429/2008: Iraq’s Shiites between Sectarianism, Iraqi Nationalism, and Mahdism

Posted by Reidar Visser on Friday, 18 January 2008 20:32

Ashura, the tenth day of Muharram which is the first month of the Islamic calendar, is commemorated by Shiites as the day of the martyrdom of their Imam Hussein in the battle of Karbala in AD 680. In 2008, Ashura falls on 19 January, and, as usual, it will prompt many Shiite individuals to reflect on their relationship to wider communities – the sectarian Shiite one, as well as the national Iraqi one… Full story here.

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Partition Iraq? Imperial Iraq Strategies from Sulayman the Magnificent to Joseph R. Biden

Posted by Reidar Visser on Tuesday, 15 January 2008 16:18

This paper is inspired by concern about how US policy-makers talk about Iraq. It has grown out of concern about the ways in which false arguments related to Iraq’s past are being used in discussions of US policy – often without protest from the academic community… Full story here.

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