Eclipse of the Sunnis by P-PerseusBooks


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									Eclipse of the Sunnis
Author: Deborah Amos

Hundreds of thousands of Sunni Muslims displaced or exiled by the conflict in Iraq have spread across
the Middle East, unbalancing that sensitive region. From Amman to Beirut and Damascus, Deborah
Amos follows the impact of one of the great migrations of modern times. The history of the Middle East
tells us that one of the greatest problems of the last forty years has been that of a displaced population,
angered by their inability to safely return home and resume ownership of their property—as they see it.
Now, the pattern has been repeated. A new population of exiles, as large as the Palestinians, has been
created. This particular displacement stirs up the historic conflict between Sunni and Shia. More
significant even than the creation of colonial nation states a century ago, the alienation of the Sunni
middle class has the capacity to cause resounding resentments across the region for generations to

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