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Najaf’s Elite Clerics Playing Key Role in Iraq Now

Long gone are the days when the clergy and students in this city of shrines and seminaries confined their debates and studies to arcane questions of Islamic jurisprudence. Now the talk in the libraries, teahouses and Internet cafes is almost always about politics: the deadlock over government formation in Baghdad, the violence between Shiite and Sunni Muslims, when to get American troops out of the country. Most often, discussion turns to how much this city’s Shiite clerical establishment should participate in the governing of Iraq. Full Story

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