“Iran and Saudi Arabia proclaim themselves to be the defenders of the two branches of Islam and carry on what looks like a religious war. However, faith is instrumental to many economic and geopolitical interests. They’re ready to do whatever it takes to defeat their enemy.”
That’s the picture given by researcher Lara al-Raisi of the University Mohammed V, in Rabat, Morocco. She has just released her latest work Iran, Arabie Saoudite. Le choc des Titans (“Saudi Arabia: The Clash of the Titans”), published by French editor Erick Bonnier. The strong hostility between Tehran and Riyadh is manifest since the 1979 revolution that has turned Iran into an islamic Republic. Since that moment, the two countries started a war that had an impact on the whole Middle-East.
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