Qom and Najaf: Struggling Between Political Disputes and Political Status

5 years agoPolicy Reports

By Yasin Taha

The entire Shia sect of Islam is united in their following of Imam Ali and agree on his descendants. However, they are divided into dozens of groups and schools of thought when it comes to the intricacies of their sect (1). Within some of these groups and schools of thought, there are further subdivisions, such as that which currently exists between the seminaries of Qom and Najaf. While both seminaries subscribe to the Twelver  Shia sect and have no notable sectarian differences, they differ in perspective, the manner in which they work, and they demonstrate a level of internal rivalry and competition. This article discusses the background of this difference and rivalry. 

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