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Patriotic Ayatollahs: Nationalism in Post-Saddam Iraq

Caroleen Marji Sayej


Patriotic Ayatollahs explores the contributions of the Grand Ayatollahs to the process of state and nation-building after the 2003 Iraq war. These figures, the so-called Grand Ayatollahs, the highest-ranking clerics of Shiism, took on a new and, to many observers at the time, unexpected political role after the fall of Saddam Hussein. They served as guardians of the democratic process in Iraq, regularly intervening in the process of institution building. They also served as key public intellectuals and moral guides on key domestic issues, such as the insurgency and the emergence of violent and ... More

Keywords: ayatollah, Sistani, fatwa, Iraq, Shiism, democracy, sectarianism, Hakim, Najafi, Fayyad

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2018 Print ISBN-13: 9781501715211
Published to Cornell Scholarship Online: September 2018 DOI:10.7591/cornell/9781501715211.001.0001


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Caroleen Marji Sayej, author
Connecticut College