Sunni And Shia Groups Of Islam: A Case Study

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Today in the news and in politics, we hear a lot about Middle Eastern issues. Not only is there prevalent international conflict based there, there is a major internal conflict between the Sunni and Shia groups of Islam. The schism between the two groups began in 656 when they disagreed on who should lead the Muslim people after the death of Mohammed. The Shia group believes that the caliphate should be passed along Mohammed’s bloodline and that this tradition should have begun with his son-in-law, Abi Ibn. Sunni Muslims believe that the rightful caliph was Abu Bakr, a friend of Mohammed's. This was the prominent group until the Safavid Empire, a Shia dynasty, came to power and made Shia Islam the religion of the state. They were opposed
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