Shia Islamic Movements: A Conversation with Laurence Louër (S. 6, Ep. 10)

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.”

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