DUBAI — Security forces prevented two suicide bombers from entering the mosque, where one blew himself up, killing four. Security forces exchanged fire with the second man and arrested him.
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(RNS) Saudi Arabia and Iran are engaged in a regionwide power struggle that is exacerbating the historic Sunni-Shiite split.
Iraqi Shiites marched in Baghdad and southern cities. At least two Sunni Muslim mosques were attacked and two people killed.
The U.S. State Department said killing Nimr al Nimr, a critic of the strict Wahhabi school of Islam favored in the Saudi kingdom, “risks exacerbating sectarian tensions.”
(RNS) Drawing an estimated 17 million pilgrims, the Shiite ritual known as Arbaeen dwarfs even the hajj. Arbaeen marks the end of the 40-day mourning period after the anniversary of the seventh-century slaying of the Prophet Muhammad’s grandson, which engendered the Sunni-Shiite schism.
Islamic State militants overran Sinjar last year, purging its Yazidi population — with the collaboration of Sunni residents who once lived in peace with their Yazidi neighbors.
QATIF, Saudi Arabia (Reuters) The fate of Saudi Arabia’s 2 million or so Shiites is closely watched because of the country’s intimate involvement in the region’s sectarian conflict through its rivalry with Iran and the teachings of its influential clergy that Shiism is heretical.
The campaign name, with Shi’ite references that highlighted a dependence on Shi’ite paramilitaries could have alienated Sunni Iraqis.
(RNS) The last caliph reigned from the seat of the Ottoman Empire — that’s Turkey to you — until he was deposed in1924. Since then many Islamic groups have called for the re-establishment of the caliphate. So how big is the new caliphate, and what does it all mean?