Iraq and Gulf Analysis

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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