The Origins of the Sunnite-Shi'ite Divide and the Emergence of the Taziyeh Tradition

  title={The Origins of the Sunnite-Shi'ite Divide and the Emergence of the Taziyeh Tradition},
  author={Kamran Scot Aghaie},
  journal={TDR/The Drama Review},
  • K. Aghaie
  • Published 1 December 2005
  • Political Science
  • TDR/The Drama Review
Islam, like most other religions, has always been characterized by a number of internal divisions. The major division in Islam is between the Sunnites and the Shiites. Today, Sunnites make up approximately  to  percent of Muslims in the world, while Shiites constitute approximately  to  percent. Approximately half of the Shiites live in Iran with smaller concentrations found in Iraq, Lebanon, Yemen, Bahrain, the Republic of Azerbaijan, Eastern Saudi Arabia, Turkey, Af- ghanistan, and… 
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