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Iran’s Sporting Seminaries

Iran’s Sporting Seminaries

London, Asharq Al-Awsat—There is a growing movement within Iran’s hawzas, Islamic seminaries, calling for more emphasis on physical exercise, placing the responsibility for its promotion firmly with religious scholars. Iran’s religious scholars gained a leading...
Syrian conflict increases Shi’ite divisions

Syrian conflict increases Shi’ite divisions

Baghdad, Asharq Al-Awsat—Senior Shi’ite ayatollahs in Qom, Iran, have issued edicts urging their followers to join the fighting in Syria, while many Iraqi clerics based in Najaf remain opposed to involvement in the fighting. Shi’ite militia commanders responsible for...