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Iraq's Shia

NPR's Melissa Block talks about Iraq's Shiite Muslims with Mahmoud M. Ayoub, professor of Islamic studies and comparative religion at Temple University. They talk about the pilgrimage being made to Karbala by thousands of Iraqis. Ayoub is author of Redemptive Suffering in Islam: A Study of the Devotional Aspects of Ashura in Twelver Shi'Ism.

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Melissa Block
As special correspondent and guest host of NPR's news programs, Melissa Block brings her signature combination of warmth and incisive reporting. Her work over the decades has earned her journalism's highest honors, and has made her one of NPR's most familiar and beloved voices.