FT series: The Islamic divide

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A series on Middle East Shia communities

Shia resurgence fuels ancient fears
Roula Khalaf reports on the effect of muscle-flexing in Iran, and Iraq’s sectarian strife
Arab rulers are increasingly frustrated by a changing political order in the Middle East, where the Shia are for the first time in power in Iraq and Shia militia are now engaged in the sectarian conflict with the Sunni minority.

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Bahrain’s dawn of democracy proves false for Shia
William Wallis reports on growing disillusionment with Sunni rule
A few blocks away from the new waterfront developments that Bahrain’’s rulers hope will secure the kingdom’s future as a regional banking centre, there are signs of budding revolt.

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Iraq conflict leaves Saudi Shia anxious of backlash
Heba Saleh reports on fears that sectarian tensions may spread to the kingdom
The Saudi Shia are watching in dismay as the conflict in Iraq becomes increasingly sectarian. They fear that it could spill over into their country and threaten the fragile gains they have only recently started to achieve.

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FT Interview: Sayyed Mohammed Hussein Fadlallah, Lebanon's top Shia cleric ...go there

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