Is Sectarianism An Ancient Problem With Iran?

In this March 20, 2018, file photo, President Donald Trump shakes hands with Saudi Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman in the Oval Office of the White House in Washington.
In this March 20, 2018, file photo, President Donald Trump shakes hands with Saudi Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman in the Oval Office of the White House in Washington. Evan Vucci, File / AP Photo
In this March 20, 2018, file photo, President Donald Trump shakes hands with Saudi Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman in the Oval Office of the White House in Washington.
In this March 20, 2018, file photo, President Donald Trump shakes hands with Saudi Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman in the Oval Office of the White House in Washington. Evan Vucci, File / AP Photo

Is Sectarianism An Ancient Problem With Iran?

The role Saudi Arabia and other Arab states played in jeopardizing the Iran Nuclear Deal "is likely to add fuel to the fires of sectarianism in the Middle East," according to an op-ed in Wednesday’s New York Times titled, “Iran, Saudi Arabia and Modern Hatreds.” 

Wordlview talks with the article’s co-author, Danny Postel. He’s assistant director of the Middle East and North African Studies program at Northwestern University. He co-wrote the op-ed with University of Denver professor, Nader Hashemi. Together they co-edited the volume, Sectarianization: Mapping the New Politics of the Middle East. The book challenges Western conventional wisdom on the root causes of sectarian violence in the Middle East.