Iraqi Clerics Challenge Sectarianism

The elections on April 30 showed that the political spectrum is becoming more diverse and less directly dictated by sectarian tensions. In fact, Shiite scholars were divided between supporters and opponents of the policies of the mostly Shiite government. Sunni scholars were also divided, as some supported Sunni political currents that stand with the current government while others supported currents that oppose it. This means that the sectarian conflict was relieved of political pressure, which might pave the way for intensifying communication between Shiite and Sunni scholars.

However, these communications lack a formal relationship that cannot be easily broken as soon as another wave of sectarianism or political conflict breaks out in the country. Therefore, communication should be organized within a civil institution, like the Iraqi Council for Interfaith Dialogue, which would gradually become a comprehensive entity that works within the organizational framework of Iraqi society.

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