Is a Century of Sunni Arab Dominance Truly Finished?

Terms like “implosion” and “collapse” might yet come to seem premature.

King Salman bin Abdulaziz al-Saud of Saudi Arabia with Egypt’s President Abdel Fattah el-Sisi. Fayez Nureldine/AFP via Getty Images.

King Salman bin Abdulaziz al-Saud of Saudi Arabia with Egypt’s President Abdel Fattah el-Sisi. Fayez Nureldine/AFP via Getty Images.

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July 11 2016
About the author

David Pryce-Jones, the British novelist and political analyst, is the author of, among other books, The Closed Circle: An Interpretation of the Arabs and Betrayal: France, the Arabs, and the Jews.

Ofir Haivry, in “The Great Arab Implosion and Its Consequences,” puts forward a big generalization about what’s going on in the Arab world. In his perception, circumstances have brought about a complete reversal of the relationship between Sunnis and Shiites, respectively the majority and the minority branches of Islam in proportions of about nine or ten to one.

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