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Working paper

Shia-Sunni Interactions in Greater Central Asia: Retrospective and Current States

Alexeev A. K.
This paper analyzes the Shia-Sunni interactions in northeastern Iran (Khorasanan) and Central Asia. The Shia-Sunni disputes in the region date back to the Middle Ages after the establishmnet of the Safavids (1501 - 1722) in Iran and Shibanids (1501 -- 1601) in Mawara al-nahr at the beggining of the 16th century. This paper based on narrative sources, attempts to find the true reasons of this phenomenon and to estimate its influence on history and future of the region. An overview of both Sunni and Shiite religious community status in Iran, in Mawara al-nahr, has become particulary important when discussing this issue.