ON-Lion Letter
"The contemporary conflict between Sunnis and Shiites came into prominence at the time of the Iranian Revolution, led by Ayatollah Ruhollah Khomeini, in February 1979," begins an informative October research monograph from the Center on Islam, Democracy, and the Future of the Muslim World at the Hudson Institute in Washington, D.C.  "Khomeini's declarations concerning the need to export the Iranian Revolution throughout the Islamic world rekindled the Sunni-Shiite polemics," it notes.

"[T]he post-Khomeinist Shiites have been trying for the past thirty years to wage a savage war against the Wahhabis, their primary enemy for more than two hundred years," according to Isaac Hasson's "Contemporary Polemics Between Neo-Wahhabis and Post-Khomeinist Shiites," which describes in depth the arguments made by both the Wahhabi and Shiites against each other. 

And "[t]he Wahhabis have denigrated them, desecrated their holy sites, and fought a terrible campaign against them -- a quite successful effort in various Islamic countries and among the Muslim diaspora in various locations throughout the world," the paper says.

The Lynde and Harry Bradley Foundation in Milwaukee substantially supports Hudson's Center on Islam, Democracy, and the Future of the Muslim World.
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