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Iraqi cleric Mahmoud al-Sarkhi deepens intra-Shia dispute | Politics News
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Iraqi cleric Mahmoud al-Sarkhi deepens intra-Shia dispute | Politics News

Baghdad, Iraq – A mosque pulled down by tractors, angry protesters setting buildings on fire, and police arrests: despite their relatively small-scale, recent events across a few cities in Iraq were enough to startle the country over the last month, and all were linked to a controversial Muslim scholar – Mahmoud al-Sarkhi. The trigger in the latest round of what has become an increasingly tense intra-Shia leaders’ dispute was an otherwise uneventful Friday sermon in early April, when Ali Masoudi, a representative of al-Sarkhi, who is a former student of the late prominent Shia scholar Mohammad Sadiq al-Sadr, demanded the demolition of shrines, or graves of Shia imams, across Iraq. “We should follow the teachings of the Prophet [Muhammed] and Imam Ali and not build any structures on the gra...