Islam as a point of reference for political and social groups in Iraq
31-12-2007 Article, International Review of the Red Cross, No. 868, by Pierre-Jean Luizard
Iraq occupies a special position in the general context of re-islamization of Arab societies because of the US occupation and the absence of a viable State. The attempt to rebuild communities under the aegis of the United States led to a widespread withdrawal back into communities in which Islam plays a vital role. It looks as if a secularized form of Islam is likely to fuel the fighting, which is all the more inexpiable because each person believes he is fighting for survival as a member of his community.