UAE

NYU faculty ends ties with UAE over sectarianism claims

Professors Arang Keshavarzian and Mohamad Bazzi believe they were denied security clearance because of their Shia roots.

NYU faculty ends ties with UAE over sectarianism claims

Afghanistan

Deadly attacks hit two mosques in Afghanistan

Shia mosque in Kabul and Sunni mosque in Ghor province targeted in separate incidents, claiming more than 60 lives.

Deadly attacks hit mosques in Kabul and Ghor

Human Rights

Hazara Shia targeted in Pakistan attack

At least five killed, including three members of Shia community, in drive-by shooting in Balochistan province.

Hazara Shia Muslims attacked in Pakistan's Quetta

Al Jazeera World

Lebanon: The Battle of Abra

We investigate an incident highlighting tensions in Lebanese politics, the role of Hezbollah and the sectarian divide.

Opinion

The return of a Shia-order in the Middle East?

Peoples of the Middle East are trying to find their place in a new system of relative balance and multiple centres.

Lorenzo Kamel

by Lorenzo Kamel

Lorenzo Kamel

Opinion

Legalising PMF in Iraq: Why it's not all bad news

Integrating Shia militias into the Iraqi state is a good way to limit their powers and control them.

Ranj Alaaldin

by Ranj Alaaldin

Ranj Alaaldin

Afghanistan

Dozens dead after suicide strike on Kabul mosque

ISIL claims suicide attack inside Baqir-ul-uloom mosque as Shia Muslims mark Arbaeen period.

Iran

Iran raises force to deploy abroad, say reports

Fighters to be drawn from local population where Iran is involved in conflict, says a retired Iranian commander.

Reports: Iran forms 'Liberation Army' to deploy abroad

Inside Story

Can Shia militias be integrated into the Iraqi army?

Prime Minister Abadi says Shia forces will be subjected to military law if they are integrated into Iraq's armed forces.

Middle East

Kuwait 'foils ISIL attack plot' during Ramadan

Seven ISIL suspects believed to be planning attacks on mosque and government building arrested, interior ministry says.

Kuwait 'foils ISIL attack plot' during Ramadan

Bahrain

Bahrain strips spiritual leader of nationality

Sheikh Isa Qassim accused of fomenting "extremist" sectarian atmosphere, a week after suspension of Al-Wefaq group.

Bahrain strips Sheikh Isa Qassim of nationality

Bahrain

Bahraini court suspends Al-Wefaq opposition group

The Shia group is accused of creating "an environment for terrorism, extremism and violence".

Bahraini court suspends Al-Wefaq opposition group

Opinion

Sadr's challenge to Iraq's sectarian politics

The political deadlock in Baghdad strengthens Sadr's political re-emergence and undermines ethno-sectarianism in Iraq.

Ibrahim Al-Marashi

by Ibrahim Al-Marashi

Ibrahim Al-Marashi

Opinion

Are Iraq's Shia leaders ready for sectarian healing?

The struggle against ISIL has rekindled communal ties between sectarian communities in Iraq.

Michael Knights

by Michael Knights

Michael Knights

Iraq

Iraq's Muqtada al-Sadr starts Green Zone sit-in

After weeks of rallies by his followers, influential cleric launches protest to demand sweeping changes by government.