CIA World Factbook: Iran and Iraq
The CIA’s public dossiers on Iran and Iran, providing basic information on population, economics, trade, military, political and cultural issues.
Library of Congress Country Studies: Iran and Iraq
The Library of Congress’s collection of historical materials on Iran, prepared in 1988 by the Library’s Federal Research Division for the U.S. Department of the Army.
The Online Newshour: Iraq in Transition
In-depth Iraq coverage from PBS’s Online Newshour.
National Public Radio: The Origin of the Sunni-Shia Split
A five-part audio series from National Public Radio, originally broadcast in February 2007.
Council on Foreign Relations- The Emerging Shia Crescent Symposium: Is Shia Power Cause for Concern?
Transcripts, audio and video from a symposium on the topic of the emerging “Shia Crescent.” From 2006.
The Pew Forum and the Council on Foreign Relations- The Revival of Shia Islam
Transcript of a speech and question-and-answer session by Vali Nasr on the topic of Shia Islam.
Slate Magazine: The War Within Islam
Author and journalist Christopher Hitchens on the sectarian struggle within Islam.
BBC Religion & Ethics: Islam
This BBC site offers an introduction to Islam, with a complete discussion of the Shia/Sunni schism.
A Web site committed to answering questions and criticisms about Islam and the Qur’an.
FRONTLINE: Terror and Tehran
A FRONTLINE examination of U.S.-Iranian diplomatic relations, from 2002.
FRONTLINE examines Islam’s worldwide resurgence through the stories of diverse Muslims struggling to define the role of Islam in their lives and societies.