TITLE

IRAQ'D

AUTHOR(S)
Ackerman, Spencer
PUB. DATE
April 2005
SOURCE
New Republic;4/18/2005, Vol. 232 Issue 14, p9
SOURCE TYPE
Periodical
DOC. TYPE
Article
ABSTRACT
This article comments on the political intentions of the Shiites in Iraq. Leave it to Anthony Shadid of The Washington Post to contribute the most illuminating postelection story yet about the Shia clerisy's political intentions. Under the principle of irshad wa tawjeeh, which Shadid translates as "guidance and direction," the Najaf marjaiya (the Shia clerisy) views itself as a "safety valve" for the political system, in the phrase of one such cleric, channeling popular sentiment to ensure that, in the event of gridlock, the (clerically determined) correct outcome is reached. During the recent impasse over the formation of a new government, for instance, senior clerics threatened million-man demonstrations to force movement. But the importance of Shadid's April 3 story lies in its illustration of how the clerics might be setting a trap for themselves.
ACCESSION #
16738165

 

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