1400 years of violence

October 1st, 2009

Every day American troops are sent into harms way in Iraq and Afghanistan to protect a people and a way of life we don't understand.  Car bombs, suicide attacks, assault on Mosques.  All of this violence is part of a centuries-old schism between Suni's and Shia's.  Yet few Americans, including senior policy makers, legislators and top counterrorism officials, understand the true cause of so much bloodshed.

Award winning journalist Leslie Hazleton, in her new book After the Prophet: The Epic Story of the Shia-Sunni Split in Islam lays out the 1400 year story behind this violence and explains why events that took place 14 centuries ago, are relevant to actions on the ground today!

My conversation with Lesley Hazleton

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