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One Thousand Years of Shiite History

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One Thousand Years of Shiite History

One Thousand Years of Shiite History

One Thousand Years of Shiite History

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Sectarian violence in Iraq has broadened awareness of the split between Sunni and Shia Muslims, the thousand years of Shiite history and the sect's changing fortunes.

In a discussion with Madeleine Brand, Mike Shuster previews his upcoming five-part NPR series, "The Partisans of Ali: A History of Shia Faith and Politics."