C. Anzalone · @IbnSiqilli

28th Nov 2010 from Twitlonger

@azelin @intelwire True but the Zaydis' place in Yemeni society is quite different from the situation in Iraq. Many Yemeni Sunnis consider Zaydis to basically be Sunnis. The weakening of Zaydi religous institutions with the fall of the Imamate and the coming of Salafism to northern Yemen, areas traditionally dominated by Zaydis, has also led to a number of Zaydis considering themselves to be closer to Shafi'i Sunnism than Ithna 'Ashari Shi'ism. A number of Zaydis also became Salafis as a way of protesting rigid social hierarchies dominated by Zaydi sayyids.

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