Profiled on the front page of the Wall Street Journal, Iranian-born scholar Vali Nasr has become one of America's leading commentators on current events in the Middle East, admired and welcomed by both media and government for his "concise and coherent" analysis (Wall Street Journal). In this "smart, clear and timely" book (Washington Post), Nasr brilliantly dissects the political and theological antagonisms within Islam. He provides a unique and objective understanding of the 1,400-year bitter struggle between Shias and Sunnis, and sheds crucial light on its modern-day consequences—from the nuclear posturing of Iran's President Ahmadinejad to the recent U.S.-enabled shift toward Shia power in Iraq and Hezbollah's continued dominance in Lebanon.
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"Historically incisive, geographically broad-reaching, and brimming with illuminating anecdotes." (Max Rodenbeck, New York Review of Books)
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5 out of 5 stars
By Ben C. Andersen on 12-04-15

Very interesting

I really liked this as it was clear and accessible. The pronunciation of the reader was terrible but my knowledge is not sufficient to make it really annoying. The emphasis on US interests in the book was a reflection of the writers role in the US. That part is not to my taste but still it was a good book.

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5 out of 5 stars
By Pari Golha on 28-11-13

The Narrator Needs Language Lessons

Would you consider the audio edition of The Shia Revival to be better than the print version?

The audio version is poor, because the narrator butchers all the names, places and concepts with his terrible pronunciation. He needs to prepare himself better and learn how to pronounce these words, so he does not at times even alter the meaning of the words.

The content of the book is superb, but this narration is a disaster.

What was one of the most memorable moments of The Shia Revival?

The explanation of the differences between the sects.

How could the performance have been better?

The narrator could learn to pronounce what he is reading.

Did you have an extreme reaction to this book? Did it make you laugh or cry?

No. I do not find this question relevant. It made me think and it made me interested in finding out more.

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4 of 4 people found this review helpful

5 out of 5 stars
By TimB on 30-07-14

Overview of sectarian dynamics in the region

Would you listen to The Shia Revival again? Why?

Most likely not. I thought this book was a great primer on the history of Shia/Sunni relations in the Gulf, but it is does not put forth any truly unique or original way of viewing the region that I feel needs revisiting. This book is a great primer, but not an exhaustive source of information. I haven't decided to purchase a print copy of this book to use as a reference as I have for other audio books I've listened to.

What did you like best about this story?

Nasr's wide regional scope, and relatively narrow focus (Sunni/Shia relations) allows for a better analysis of regional trends than many other works which tend to focus solely on the history of a single nation or a single war/political event.

Have you listened to any of Fleet Cooper’s other performances before? How does this one compare?

No, N/A.

Was this a book you wanted to listen to all in one sitting?

Yes, but I love history in general so that's not much of a surprise!

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