Staunton, VA, January 29, 2016 — The flood of news stories from a country as large, diverse and strange as the Russian Federation often appears to be is far too large for anyone to keep up with. But there needs to be a way to mark those which can’t be discussed in detail but which are too indicative of broader developments to ignore
Consequently, Windows on Eurasia will present a selection of 13 of these other and typically neglected stories at the end of each week. This is the twenty-first such compilation. It is only suggestive and far from complete – indeed, this week once again, one could have put out such a listing every day — but perhaps one or more of these stories will prove of broader interest.
16. Can Baku Overcome Sunni-Shiia Divide by Having Them Alternate Services in Mosques? The Azerbaijani authorities believe that they can promote Sunni-Shiite concord by having the leaders of the two trends of Islam alternate services in mosques. Some are concerned that this will have the opposite effect and exacerbate tensions between the two or alternatively be used by the authorities to eliminate Sunni services in that majority Shiite country.
The previous issue of A Baker’s Dozen is here.