Sunnis and Shia: Islam’s ancient schism

The divide between Sunnis and Shia is the largest and oldest in the history of Islam. Members of the two sects have co-existed for centuries and share many fundamental beliefs and practices. But they differ in doctrine, ritual, law, theology and religious organisation. Their leaders also often seem to be in competition. From Lebanon and […]

The Top Ten: Shortest wars

The belief in the possibility of a short, decisive war appears to be one of the most ancient and dangerous of human illusions.’ My Quotation of the Day by Robert Lynd prompted James Worron to observe that short wars are quite common – there are just fewer of them than people hope for. 1. Anglo-Zanzibar War, […]