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Cold War in the Islamic World

Saudi Arabia, Iran and the Struggle for Supremacy

Dilip Hiro

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C Hurst & Co Publishers Ltd
01 September 2018
For four decades Saudi Arabia and Iran have vied for influence in the Muslim world. At the heart of this ongoing Cold War between Riyadh and Tehran lie the Sunni-Shia divide, and the two countries' intertwined histories. Saudis see this as a conflict between Sunni and Shia; Iran's ruling clerics view it as one between their own Islamic Republic and an illegitimate monarchy.

This foundational schism has played out in a geopolitical competition for dominance in the region: Iran has expanded its influence in Syria, Iraq and Lebanon, while Saudi Arabia's hyperactive crown prince, Muhammad bin Salman, has intervened in Yemen, isolated Qatar and destabilised Lebanon.

Dilip Hiro examines the toxic rivalry between the two countries, tracing its roots and asking whether this Islamic Cold War is likely to end any time soon.
By:   Dilip Hiro
Imprint:   C Hurst & Co Publishers Ltd
Country of Publication:   United Kingdom
Dimensions:   Height: 216mm,  Width: 138mm, 
ISBN:   9781849049948
ISBN 10:   1849049947
Pages:   480
Publication Date:   01 September 2018
Audience:   General/trade ,  ELT Advanced
Format:   Hardback
Publisher's Status:   Active

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.

Reviews for Cold War in the Islamic World: Saudi Arabia, Iran and the Struggle for Supremacy

'The contemporary great game playing out bloodily between oil-fired theocracies in Sunni Saudi Arabia and Shia Iran is the subject of Dilip Hiro's latest book. He tells the story with relish.' 'The book has a racy pace and is rich in reportage . . . Hiro marshals an enormous amount of fact and anecdote as he recounts the manner in which regional and global events unfold . . . a rich tapestry.' 'Eminent historian and prolific author Hiro . . . focuses on a pertinent crucible of roiling tension in the region . . . an important study for understanding the roots of current tensions [between Saudi Arabia and Iran].' `An excellent book . . . extremely engaging and accessible.' `Ambitious, impressive, original, and important.'


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