The plague of sectarianism
The plague of sectarianismWhat is fueling the Sunni-Shia divide in the Middle East?
Pictures of Syrian president Bashar al-Assad are viewed along a wall in a poor, Hezbollah influenced neighborhood with a high concentration of Syrian refugees on June 30, 2013 in Beirut, Lebanon. Getty Images/Spencer Platt
Is the ongoing war in Syria fueling a sectarian conflict beyond its borders? As Hezbollah, a Lebanese Shia Muslim movement, fights to defend the Assad regime, Sunni clerics, in and outside the country, are calling on their followers to join the fight against it. Beyond Syria, sectarian tensions are rising in Lebanon and Egypt after a series of violent clashes and murders. We look at what’s driving sectarianism in the Middle East - politics or religion?
In this episode of The Stream, we speak to:
Geneive Abdo @AbdoGeneive
Fellow, Stimson Center
Amr al-Azm @alazmamr
Member, Syrian Opposition