Cold War in the Islamic World: Saudi Arabia Iran & the Struggle for Supremacy

Cold War in the Islamic World: Saudi Arabia Iran & the Struggle for Supremacy

ISBN: 9781849049948

Author: Dilip Hiro

Format: Hardback

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For decades Saudi Arabia and Iran have vied for influence, above all in the Islamic world, by sponsoring proxy religious and military forces in the Middle East, South Asia and Africa. At the heart of this ongoing Cold War between Riyadh and Tehran lies the Sunni-Shia divide and the intertwined histories of those who speak Arabic and those who speak Persian. Whereas Saudis frame the rivalry with their neighbours in sectarian terms, given the Wahhabi House of Saud's hostility to Shias, the leaders of Iran's clerical republic contend that monarchy, as in Saudi Arabia, is `un-Islamic' and therefore illegitimate. Through adroit diplomacy, mobilising forces such as Hezbollah and deploying its Revolutionary Guards in the Syrian War, but above all because of President Bush's disastrous invasion of Iraq, Iran has expanded its influence in Iraq, Syria and Lebanon. Saudi Arabia's hyperactive Crown Prince, Muhammad bin Salman, has responded by intervening in Yemen, isolating Qatar and destabilizing Lebanon. None of MBS's foreign adventures has fared well, in contrast to his domestic reforms: re-opening cinemas and ending the ban on women driving. Barring his overthrow, Salman will remain in power for decades, hence the Islamic cold war is unlikely to end any time soon.

Book Title: Cold War in the Islamic World: Saudi Arabia Iran & the Struggle for Supremacy
Publisher: C Hurst & Co Publishers Ltd
Title Release: September 2018
ISBN: 9781849049948
Author: Dilip Hiro
Format: Hardback
About the Author: Dilip Hiro is a full-time writer, journalist, and commentator. He was the chief analyst for the Rome-based Inter Press Service Agency (1992-99), and later for Gemini News (1999-2002). He is also a frequent contributor to The Guardian's Comment is Free and Yale Global. Among his more than two dozen books is the acclaimed Iran Under the Ayatollahs (1985). His Secrets and Lies: Operation 'Iraqi Freedom' and After was chosen as the Financial Times' Best Politics and Religion Book of the Year and long-listed for the Orwell Prize.

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