Krista interviewed Nasr in early August with the intention of broadcasting it quickly. But sometimes it takes the perspective of a person inside a tradition to help us see things differently.
We seek fresh insight into the history and the human and religious dynamics of Islam's Sunni-Shia divide. Our guest says that it is not so different from dynamics in periods of Western Christian history. But he says that by bringing the majority Shia to power in Iraq, the U.S. has changed the religions dynamics of the Middle East.
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Al-Askari, a major Shia mosque in Iraq, was bombed in 2006. Iraqis are rebuilding its signature golden dome, which has become a symbol of Iraqi reconciliation.
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