On this week’s podcast, Laurence Louër speaks with Marc Lynch Shia Islamic movements in the Middle East.
She speaks about Bahrain’s situation. “It is really a case of what I call the domestication of Shia politics because Al-Wefaq was born in 2001 as a project to unify all the different strands of Shia political Islam in Bahrain. Ali Salman, who was the head of that, wanted to reconcile the Shirazi activists and the pro-Iranian activists because the two were really rivals.”
Louër is a research fellow at SciencePo and author of Transnational Shia Politics: Religious and Political Networks in the Gulf.
In the Gulf now, “I think that this repression phase [towards Shia movements] that we are witnessing now is also very much the result of the overall strategy that they tried to use after 2003.”