Monday, July 28, 2003

Working Against Muqtada Sadr

Juan Cole reports an article in az-Zaman saying that several tribal leaders have asked Grand Ayatollah Ali Sistani to issue a ruling forbidding the carrying of weapons in the shrines of Ali and Husayn. This he interprets as a move against the Sadriyun who are seeking to control those shrines. I haven't read the article for myself, but it does show that the Sadr movement does have serious opposition with the Shi'ite community. I wonder if these are the same tribal leaders who defensed Sistani back in April when Muqtada Sadr tried to force him out of power.


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