Sunni Radicalism in the Middle East and the Iranian Revolution

  title={Sunni Radicalism in the Middle East and the Iranian Revolution},
  author={Emmanuel Sivan},
  journal={International Journal of Middle East Studies},
  pages={1 - 30}
  • Emmanuel Sivan
  • Published 1 February 1989
  • Political Science
  • International Journal of Middle East Studies
Sunni radicalism surfaced before the Iranian Revolution of 1978. It arose out of conditions specific to Arab countries and the manner in which those faithful to the Suuna reacted to these conditions. In the quater century between the appeareance of the ideas of Sayyis Qutb, the father of Sunni radicalism, and the end of the 1970s, not only were the Sunni radical movements devoid of Iranian-Shi⊂i influence, but almost no reference was made in these movements to the fact that Iranian Islam was… 

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