One reason for those countries understating their Shiite
populations is obvious: Retaining political power in Sunni hands.
The recent inauguration of the "Husseiniya" has angered the influential Sunni Muslim al-Azhar institute and other Sunni clerics, who regarded it as a move to spread Shiite
Islam in Egypt.
In the first attack, five people were killed when unidentified assailants riding motorcycles sprayed their vehicle with bullets in a suburb of the provincial capital Quetta inhabited by the Shiite
Later on Monday, state news agency SPA reported that the governor of Eastern Province, Prince Mohammed bin Fahd bin Abdul Aziz, against whom graffiti was painted on walls in the streets of Qatif city, had met Shiite
political leader Hassan Mushaima, Shiite
activist Abduljalil Al Singace and six others were sentenced yesterday.
Bahrain warned its nationals March 22 not to travel to Lebanon for their own safety, after Iranian -backed Shiite
Muslim group Hizbullah came out in support of weeks of protests by mainly Shiite
demonstrators in Bahrain.
Since then the Shiite
communities of Lebanon have played a role that is much more ambiguous than has been conventionally accepted.
As the Saudis move to restrain the rising strength of Iran and the Shiites
outside the kingdom, they keep an ever-watchful eye over their own Shiite
Two roadside bombs struck two minibuses in separate incidents in the poor Baghdad Shiite
district of Sadr City.
First, the United States is doing little, if anything, to restrain ethnic cleansing, either in Baghdad neighborhoods or Sunni and Shiite
enclaves surrounding the capital.
As Maliki's weak and corrupt government collapses along sectarian lines and Bush throws his backing behind the Shiite
party least likely to find common ground with the insurgents, Iraq is disintegrating.
An hour later a suicide bomber blew himself up near the entrance of a Shiite
mosque in a predominantly Shiite
city to the south, also near the Iranian border.
The Iraqi population is estimated to be 60 percent Shiite
Arabs, 20 percent Sunni Arabs, and 20 percent Kurds.
The majority of the world's Muslim population follows the Sunni branch of Islam, and approximately 10-15% of all Muslims follow the Shiite
(Shi'ite, Shi'a, Shia) branch.
The emerging Shiite
revival [in Iraq and throughout the Middle East] need not be a source of concern for the United States, even though it has rattled some U.