WorldWide Religious News “As Iraqi Clerics Go Home, Talk of Schism With Shiite Hard-Liners in Iran”

by Nazila Fathi (“The New York Times,” April 28, 2003)

A black-turbaned Iraqi cleric, his belongings packed in a small blue bag sitting at his feet, led about 50

clerics in prayer. Kneeling on red Persian rugs, the men, many of whom who had spent the last two

decades in Iran, gathered to catch the train that would take them to Iraq.