An Iranian girl with a picture of Iran's late leader Ayatollah Khomeini (L) and Iran's current supreme leader Ayatollah Khamenei (R) during a rally in support of Iran's strict Islamic dress codes (photo: dpa)

Why the odds are stacked against a two-state solution for Sunni and Shia Muslims

Many conflicts in different countries in the Middle East are blamed on inter-sectarian strife between Shia and Sunni Muslims. But while a simple answer to create separate states for each sect may have superficial appeal, the complex relationship between the sects and within them across many of the countries, makes it all but impossible.

CONFLICTS between Shia and Sunni Muslims in a number of countries have led some observers to suggest the creation of two separate states – one Shia and one Sunni.

But while the idea might on the surface seem a logical way of improving global peace, the world economy and trade, the idea is, in realit...

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 Bernard Siman
Upper class Shias and Sunnis - who may or may not be wealthy - regard the lower social orders of their own sects with a disdain bordering on contempt
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