Washington Post: ANGER IN IRAQ’S SOUTHERN PROVINCES HAS BEEN BUILDING FOR MONTHS,

Washington Post: ANGER IN IRAQ’S SOUTHERN PROVINCES HAS BEEN BUILDING FOR MONTHS,

My article for the Monkey Cage on recent protests in south Iraq

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AS PROTESTS SWEEP IRAQ, ARE THE COUNTRY’S POLITICAL ELITES RUNNING OUT OF OPTIONS?

AS PROTESTS SWEEP IRAQ, ARE THE COUNTRY’S POLITICAL ELITES RUNNING OUT OF OPTIONS?

BLOG ARTICLE FOR LSE’S MEC

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The Sadrist-Communist Alliance And Iraq’s 2018 Elections: Interview for Musings on Iraq

The Sadrist-Communist Alliance And Iraq’s 2018 Elections: Interview for Musings on Iraq

Link to an interview I did with Joel Wing for his blog, Musings on Iraq. The interview presents my reflections on the victory of the Sa’iroun list which brought together the Sadrists and the Iraqi Communist Party (ICP) in an unlikely alliance.

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Why many failed to predict the leftist-Islamist alliance that won Iraq’s 2018 elections

Why many failed to predict the leftist-Islamist alliance that won Iraq’s 2018 elections

Link to my article for the Washington Post's Monkey Cage

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Muqtada al-Sadr interview with al-Nahar: “Hashd al-Shaabi operates under Shiite Marja (authority) and should not intervene in Iraq’s political matters,”

Dated: 17 June 2015 Original source (English): http://rudaw.net/english/middleeast/iraq/170620154 Speaking to Al-Nahar newspaper, the leader of the Sadrist Movement said the escalation of religious conflict between Shiites and Sunnis in Iraq was the result of the “authoritarian rule” of former Iraqi governments. “Former governments are accountable for the escalation of violence in Iraq. The authoritarian treatment of

Text of statement with respect to the current situation in Iraq in Friday sermon of the representative of the Grand Marja’, Sheikh Abdul Mahdi al-Karbalai’نص ما ورد بشأن الأوضاع الراهنة في العراق في خطبة الجمعة لممثل المرجعية الدينية العليا الشيخ عبد المهدي الكربلائي في (12/ رمضان /1435 هـ) –

Dated: 09 July 2014 Original source: http://www.sistani.org/arabic/archive/24925/ (Arabic) Translation starts here: ‘Text of statement with respect to the current situation in Iraq in Friday sermon of the representative of the Grand Marja’, Sheikh Sheikh Abdul Mahdi al-Karbalai’ In the name of God the Compassionate and the Merciful. With respect to current events there are a number

بيان لسماحة السيد القائد مقتدى الصدر ( اعزه الله) : اتركوا الشعوب تقرر مصيرها فهي الطرف الوحيد الذي له الحق في تقرير مصيره من جميع النواحي السياسية والامنية والحكومية – Statement from Muqtada al-Sadr regarding events in Yemen and Iraq and people’s right to self-determination.

Dated: 27 March 2015 Original source: (Arabic) http://jawabna.com/index.php/permalink/7718.html Translation starts here: Statement of al-Sayid al-Qaid Muqtada al-Sadr, may God preserve him. Leave for the people the decision over their destiny, for they are the only party which has the right to decide their fate, in all its aspects, political, security, and governmental. In the name of

سماحة السيد القائد مقتدى الصدر(أعزه الله) يصدر بيانا يطلق من خلاله حملة ضد الفساد والظلم تحت عنوان (الويل لدواعش الفساد) – Muqtada anounces campaign of reform against corrupting influences in Sadrist movement

Dated: 10 June 2015 Original source (Arabic): http://jawabna.com/index.php/permalink/7983.html Translation starts here: His Eminence Sayid al-Qaid Muqtada al-Sadr, may God bless him, issues a statement addressing a campaign against corruption and injustice… under the title of “Woe to the Da3sh of Corruption”. In the name of the Almighty Know oh believers that I will not tolerate those

سماحة السيد القائد مقتدى الصدر(أعزه الله) يصدر بيانا مهما من عدة نقاط حول التفجيرات الارهابية ضد اتباع اهل البيت عليهم السلام في القطيف Muqtada al-Sadr responds to attack on Shi’a in al-Qatif in Saudi Arabia

Dated: 22 May 2015 Original source (Arabic): http://jawabna.com/index.php?news=7760 Translation starts here: The Private Office of His Eminence al-Sayyid Muqtada al-Sadr In the Name of God the Almighty What happened in “Qatif”, the bombing against those that follow the people of the house [the Shi’a] peace be upon them all, is not the first, nor do I

مكتب المرجع السيستاني يوضح ما ورد بخطبة الجمعة من ( ان الدفاع واجب كفائي – al-Sistani clarifies the “jihad fatwa”

Dated: 14 June 2015 Original source (Arabic): http://www.sistani.org/arabic/in-news/24909/ Nun News Agency Translation starts here: The Office of the Marja’ al-Sistani clarifies what was reported in the Friday sermon (that defence is a wajib kafai [collective duty]) The Office of the Marja’ya representing Grand Ayatollah al-Sayyid Ali Al-Sistani has clarified 4 points with respect to what was

ممثل المرجعية الشيخ عبد المهدي الكربلائي – الواجب الكفائي – al-Sistani collective jihad fatwa – al-Stistani’s representative Sheikh Abdul Mahdi al-Karbalai delivered fatwa at Friday prayers

Dated: 13 June 2014 Original source (Video, Arabic):  This is my attempt at translating the fatwa that initiated al-hashd al-sha’bi in June 2014. Delivered by Sistani’s representative Sheikh Abdul Mahdi al-Karbalai. Translation starts here: Oh brothers and sisters… The situation that Iraq and its citizens are going through is very dangerous, we must be aware of

المرجع السيستاني يرفض قرار مجلس النواب الامريكي ويطالب القوى السياسية بموقف واضح لرفض هذا الاسلوب بالتعامل مع الشعب العراقي – al-Sistani rejects moves in US HoR to arm Kurds and Sunni-tribal groups directly.

The purpose of this blog is begin to build up enough source material to make possible a comparative analysis of the discourse on political identity constructed by key figures in the Iraqi-Shi’a religious field. Consequently, finding fatwas, bayans or articles from different figures addressing the same political events and subjects is especially useful. Here we