[Marxism] Outlook: Shiite Iraq

Tony Abdo gojack10 at hotmail.com
Mon Aug 16 19:03:32 MDT 2004

Outlook: Shiite Iraq
Juan Cole
University of Michigan Professor
Monday, August 16, 2004

The fighting in Najaf is more than a battle between an insurgent militia and 
an occupying army--it is also a battle for the heart and soul of Shiite 
Iraq. In taking on the American military, Moqtada Sadr and his Mahdi army 
have challenged the authority of Grand Ayatollah Ali Sistani, a champion of 
parliamentary democracy and the current leader of the Iraqi Shiite 
community. Beyond these two men, there are other Shiite leaders--including 
three grand ayatollahs educated in Najaf--whose views will help determine 
what happens in the coming months.

Juan Cole, a professor of Modern Middle Eastern and South Asian History at 
the University of Michigan, answered questions on his Sunday Outlook piece, 
"The Men and Mindsets of Shiite Iraq" Monday, Aug. 16, at 1 p.m. ET.

The transcript follows.


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