Krista,I am a fan of Speaking of Faith and recently had the opportunity to attend your conversation with Joshua DuBois in St. Paul. My husband was part of the community discussion the following day.
I recently listened to your feature story, "The Sunni-Shia Divide and the Future of Islam." I always get a bit uncomfortable with this topic because it seems to be focused primarily on Sunni-Shia issues in Iraq, which I don't think represents the general divide between Sunnis and Shias.
My family is Shia and are descendents of the Prophet Muhammad, a matter of great pride in my family. I was raised Shia and my husband was raised Sunni. His best friends in high school were Shia. My best friends in college were Sunni. My mosque in Iowa (the only mosque in the city) was founded together by a Sunni and a Shia. My husband and I pray together and study Islam together.
So I don't see or experience this "Sunni-Shia divide" in my life. I think the reason is that the Sunni-Shia situation in America is much different than in Iraq and other countries where Muslims are the majority. The sectarian violence in Iraq isn't rooted in Sunni-Shia, but rather the political atmosphere. This is evidenced in how Sunnis and Shias lived peacefully, for the most part, prior to the invasion.
I would like to see a story focusing on American Shias and Sunnis and how their experience with each other is differerent from what is happening on the international level.
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