Ep 14: Sunni-Shia Divisions

Welcome to our second installation of the BTB Case Study series where we tackle topics and try to “walk the walk” of discourse, break through our comfort zones, and learn about new perspectives and subject matters from experts and spokespeople.

This week, we tackle a division that both insiders and outsiders have felt for centuries. It’s been painted as the core rift among muslims and at the center of various conflicts in the Middle East.

But as we talked to Omer and Leila, two Sunnis, and “John,” a Shia, we were surprised to find that while some of the stereotypes or rumors are rooted in misperception, others link to ideological variations that lie on a spectrum. More surprising was why these types of discussions haven’t really been facilitated in the past and where BTB-ing can be limited when it comes to these discussions.

Listen to this week’s episode here:


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If you want to know more about the Alevis in Turkey, which John mentioned @19min: https://www.foreignaffairs.com/articles/turkey/2017-01-05/turkey-and-alevis

If you want to know more about the Battle of Ashoura, mentioned @28min: http://www.aljazeera.com/indepth/inpictures/2016/10/muslims-worldwide-mark-ashoura-161011162814209.html

We’re looking for feedback on this episode specifically on if our explanatory bits about Islam and geopolitics were helpful, or if there’s anything else you’d like to learn. Email us, Facebook us, comment here, Tweet at us. We’re all ears!

 

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And thanks to Kevin MacLeod for all the music in this episode!!

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