Muharram is the major festival in the calendar of the Shia world. In 2004, for the first time in 30 years, it was openly celebrated in the Shia spiritual home - Karbala in Iraq.
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The bomb blasts in Karbala and Baghdad during the Shia Muslim commemoration of Ashura did more than rock the fragile stability of Iraq - they were a signal to the new power base in the…