The religion was that of Islam, and the sect the orthodox Sunni; but the practice was less precise than in Arabia.
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It runs along the sectarian fault lines of Shia and Sunni Islam, and of Kurdish and Arab populations.
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The struggle between Shiah and Sunni was dividing the world of Islam.
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His expertise on Islam and his claim to having been raised as a radical Sunni Muslim in Turkey have been questioned.
Tensions have run high in recent months between the Islamic Republic and Bahrain's Sunni monarchy, which violently suppressed the pro-democracy protests by its predominantly Shia citizenry.
Within Sunni Islam, there is no rigid framework or control for who can call himself a sheik and issue fatwas .
In Damascus's Umayyad Mosque, Roman paganism, Christianity, and Shiite and Sunni Islam all intersect.
A little less than a decade ago I was in Cairo, Egypt, sitting in a vast waiting room for an interview with Grand Sheik Mohammed Sayyid Tantawi, the imam of al-Azhar University and, as such, Sunni Islam's highest religious authority.
Sufism is welcoming to both Shiite and Sunni Muslims, and is more tolerant and mystical than the fundamentalist form of Islam practiced by the Taliban.
To the outsider, the differences between the Sunni and Shiite Islamic sects are hard to recognize.
Hussein, one of Shia Islam's most beloved saints, was killed by rivals cementing the split in Islam between Shias and Sunnis.
While the Islamic world is predominantly of the Sunni sect, the Muslims who live in the Middle East, and particularly those in the Persian Gulf region, are often Shiite.
Islam's two major sects are the Sunnis and the Shiites , and the division and interplay between the two is a major factor in the geopolitics of the Middle East.
How well do you understand Sunni and Shiite Islam.
Pakistani Shiites and claimed by the Taliban, who espouse an extremist interpretation of Sunni Islam.
Islam's two major sects are the Sunnis and the Shiites, and the division and interplay between the two is a major factor in the geopolitics of the Middle East.
Most of Lebanon's Sunnis have backed Syria's mainly Sunni rebels, while Lebanese Shiites tend to back President Bashar Assad, who belongs to the minority Alawite sect — an offshoot of Shiite Islam.