The Sunni vs. Shia schism, and why it matters 1,300 years later

It would be simplistic to say the sectarian outrage over Saudi Arabia’s execution of a Shia cleric was only religion-driven—and would ignore key history

In the Middle East, an ancient war is new again

A bitter, violent clash between Islam’s two major sects is dividing and, increasingly, defining the region


A Sunni widow’s lament

Her husband went to look for a safer place to live. He didn’t return.