Wednesday, November 07, 2007

Sunni-Shiite Rivalries In New York Prisons

An article in today's New York Sun explores the growing tensions in new York state prisons between Sunni and Shiite Muslims. All but one of the Muslim chaplains in the New York prison system is Sunni. Shiite prisoners have been demanding their own chaplains and their own separate Friday religious services. The only prison Shiite imam in the state is currently precluded from entering any New York prison pending an internal investigation into whether he broke an undisclosed regulation.