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The Shi'is of Iraq Paperback – February 16, 2003

ISBN-13: 978-0691115757 ISBN-10: 0691115753 Edition: Revised

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"This is a superb study of Iraq's Shia majority. Based on remarkable scholarship, the book brings to life a whole political community that has often been seen as a mere appendage of the larger Shia population in Iran. . . . This study is a potent reminder of the power of the modern state to shape and control even such basic social phenomena as religious identity and its expression."--William B. Quandt, Foreign Affairs

"Nakash's account of the process of community formation in Iraq has fascinating implications for modern Middle Eastern history. In that broad historical revolution which is the settlement of the Middle Eastern tribes, we can see that the agents were: Sufism in most of the Sunni countries; fundamentalist Islam in Arabia; and Shi'ism in Iraq and Iran. In each case, the primitive Islam of the tribes takes on a new form as an accompaniment to a fundamental change in economic and social life."--M. E. Yapp, The Times Literary Supplement

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"The most authoritative account we have on the Shi'a of Iraq. . . . Nakash's book provides a powerful corrective to earlier books on Iraq which have been battered by recent events. No reader who goes through Nakash's work will fail to be moved by the historical vistas he opens up."--Fouad Ajami, School of Advanced International Studies, The Johns Hopkins University

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  • Paperback: 336 pages
  • Publisher: Princeton University Press; Revised edition (February 16, 2003)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0691115753
  • ISBN-13: 978-0691115757
  • Product Dimensions: 0.8 x 6.2 x 9.2 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (7 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #979,905 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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7 of 8 people found the following review helpful By eshaiker on November 21, 2000
Format: Paperback
The author takes you straight to the subject and sinks deep into details that are rarely found in other books published in the English language. Excellent research with knowledge of culture and tradition that associates with this highly sensitive area. The most important argument made is that Shi'is of Iraq became a majority in the mid 19th century due to the active role of the seminaries in Najaf and Karabala spreading Shiisim Islam among the recently settled Arab tribes.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Kirk H Sowell on November 15, 2008
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I strongly recommend this book for anyone interested in either Iraqi history or Shia Islam. It is the best book I've seen on the topic - a general history of the development of Shia Iraq. (For those more specifically interested in historical background on Shia Iraq clerics, see Meir Litvak's "Shi'i Scholars of Iraq in the 19th Century," another excellent book for which I have written an Amazon review).

The book is divided into four primary sections. The first section deals with the formation of the community. This includes the conversion of the tribes, the shrine cities (mainly Najaf and Karbala), and relations with Iran, the Ottomans and the British. Part two deals with the relationship of the Shia to the Iraqi state, especially in the 20th century, starting with the challenge of adjusting to the modern state and the struggle for equal representation, and then moving on to the darkness that descended with the coming of the Baath Party in the 1960s. Part three is something of a reversion, in the sense that it breaks up the chronological structure of the book and delves into the religious culture of the Shia, including the commemoration rituals, pilgrimage and its impact on the shrine cities, and the corpse traffic, which is almost morbid to read about at times. Surely there is nowhere in the world with more graves per capita than Najaf (excluding mass graves of course; I'm talking about formal burials here). The fourth section somewhat returns to the chronological sequence, discussing the decline of Iraqi Shia financial and educational institutions throughout the 20th century.

If I have a criticism of this book, it would be the chapter structure.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By David W. Southworth VINE VOICE on July 22, 2009
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In this book Nakash paints a picture of change and how it has affected the mid to southern part of Iraq. Iraqi Arabs in the late nineteenth century began to convert to Shiism en masse. However, in contrast to the Iranian system, where Shiism had been a state religion got five hundred years, Iraqi Shia stayed cloistered in their seminaries in Najaf and Karbela

This major difference between Iraqi and Iranian Shia, a question too many prognosticators who likely don't know the difference between Sunni and Shiite but claim to know what is going on in the middle east today. The people who claim to be experts on cable news likely won't read this book, but it would be a step in the right direction.

This book is also for serious scholars, because Nakash goes through great detail the history of corpse traffic, the history of relations between the urban centers such as Baghdad, and Southern Iraq, largely poor with only a few cities.

While a bit cumbersome to get through, the writer may have had thought that his audience would only be academics, but in this environment this book should be widely read by as wide an audience aas possible.

I highly recommend this book
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By K. Jaber on June 13, 2009
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I came across this book in a public library when I wanted to know more about the Iraq war events. I have read it. I have found it a well researched and informative piece of good scholarly work. Recently a friend of mine wanted to know more about the people of Iraq. I could not find a better readable reference on a significant part of the Iraqi society. Therefore I proceeded to buying a copy to present it as a gift to this friend. Recommended
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