The Eclipse of the Sunnis

The Eclipse of the Sunnis : Power, Exile, and Upheaval in the Middle East

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An award-winning foreign correspondent illuminates the flip-side of the Shia revival, the profound dislocation and destabilization of the Sunni Muslims and its impact on the politics and culture of the Middle East. Two million Sunni Muslims displaced or exiled by the conflict in Iraq have spread across the Middle East, unbalancing that sensitive region. From Ammam, Jordan to Beirut and particularly to Damascus in Syria Deborah Amos - an award-winning correspondent for America's National Public Radio - follows the impact of one of the great migrations of modern times. The history of the Middle East tells us that one of the greatest problems of the last forty years has been that of a displaced population, angered by their inability to safely return home and resume ownership of their property - as they see it. A new population of exiles as large as the Palestinians has been created, and the impact of the Iraqis outside Iraq is being felt across the region. But this particular disappointment also re-inflames a conflict between Sunni and Shia that has raged for many more

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  • Hardback | 256 pages
  • 154.94 x 236.22 x 25.4mm | 453.59g
  • PublicAffairs,U.S.
  • New York, United States
  • English
  • 1586486497
  • 9781586486495
  • 1,388,528

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George Packer, author of The Assassin's Gate: America in Iraq and Interesting Times: Writings from a Turbulent Decade "Deborah Amos stuck around to trace the fallout from the Iraq War after most other journalists had moved on. And she already had decades of experience in the region under her belt. This commitment to the story has allowed her to see the war in its true historical context: as a Middle Eastern earthquake that will forever change the power equation between Sunnis and Shia, and as a vast human tragedy. These are not abstractions in 'Eclipse of the Sunnis' Amos' intelligence and heart as a reporter make the fate of Iraq's millions of refugees unforgettably intimate." Bob Carey, vice president of Resettlement and Migration Policy at the International Rescue Committee; chair of Refugee Council USA "A compelling book. Deborah Amos documents the collapse of a rich culture and society and violence behind the creation of a global diaspora. Amos movingly details the human toll of the war. She gives a face and a voice to the hundreds of thousands of refugees who are the forgotten collateral damage of the conflict."show more

About Deborah Amos

Deborah Amos covers Iraq for NPR, having recently returned to the station after a decade in television news. Previously, she spent 16 years with NPR, including stints as the London Bureau Chief, and as a foreign correspondent in Ammam, Jordan. Deborah won widespread recognition and several prestigious awards for her coverage of the Gulf War in 1991. She is a member of the Council on Foreign Relations and lives in New York more

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