Skip to comments.What divides Sunni and Shiite Muslims?
Posted on 04/02/2011 7:41:16 PM PDT by george76
Tensions and violence between Sunni and Shiite Muslims are often in the news in countries like Iraq, Pakistan and Bahrain, but why are they at daggers drawn?
swissinfo.ch: How did it come about that a Sunni minority should rule over a Shiite majority, as for example in Bahrain, where there are currently popular protests?
Arnold Hottinger: This is a matter of power which has historical roots. Bahrain has a Sunni government but the majority of the population 70 per cent - is Shiite. The example of Iraq, which also has a Shiite majority, can be easily explained in the same way.
Iraq belonged to the Ottoman Empire. The Turks were Sunnis and installed a Sunni governor in Baghdad. Later, when the British were in power in Iraq, they kept the Shiites down and promoted the Sunnis.
There were no direct descendants left by around the ninth century. The Shiites believe that the last Imam has disappeared into eternity and will return. This is a kind of Messianic belief...
Iran is the only Shiite state. There the belief has developed that each of the faithful should choose a spiritual leader. If a cleric has many followers he may be called an Ayatollah.
It is important to point out that the Iranian Shiites are very different from the Arabic-speaking Shiites.
The Persian Shia Islam is strongly mixed with the ancient religion of Zoroastrianism. The Persians, todays Iranians, have a different language, history and culture.
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One sect prefers to have relations with goats, while the other prefers sheep.
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One believes you get 70 virgins for indiscriminate killing, the other believes you get 72, I don’t remember which one is which.
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Fighting over who gets all the goats.
The Sunni Muslims believe in killing all infidels and all Shiite Muslims whereas teh Shiite Muslims believe in killing all infidels and all Sunni Muslims.
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On a much more serious note than most of the responses here, exactly why doesn’t the western world exploit the deep differences between the major flavors of islam, promoting shooting war after shooting war until they are exhausted enough to be easily defeated?
“On a much more serious note than most of the responses here, exactly why doesnt the western world exploit the deep differences between the major flavors of islam, promoting shooting war after shooting war until they are exhausted enough to be easily defeated?”
That was part of supporting Saddam Hussein in Iraq’s war with Iran. It didn’t work out entirely well for us, besides the money we made selling him the poison gas he used.
Misleading. The Ismailis are Shiite, and they think there is a direct descendant and living imam. IIRC he is a Harvard man, class of '57. :) Back in the day, had a lovely home on the Rue des Ursins in the heart of Paris...built a very cool resort in Sardinia...my human almanac is on a tear.
Do they each have a distinct version of the Koran?
If only. There might then be some hope of a reformation.
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Shorter answer : no. Just one quran. The hadith, or traditions, are somewhat open to dispute, but not the quran.
The split and its variations between sunni and 5er,7er and 12er shia all point to the issue of succession after Ali’s death, which has deepened into an argument of which faction is ‘right.’ As late as the 20th century, sunnis destroyed Hasan’s burial mosque.
So much for muslims not killing other muslims.
THe 3rd caliph was murdered, and the inclination extended to generations thereafter.