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Sunni-Shi’ite Divide Threatens Stability of Middle East

The Sunni-Shi’ite divide playing out in violence in parts of the Middle East is an ancient dispute that traces back to the dawn of Islam. It started some 1,400 years ago with a dispute over leadership for the Muslim community following the death of the Prophet Mohammad. “There were those who felt that the leadership should fall upon the most able individual,” said Gregory Gause, a professor at the International Affairs Department at Texas A&M University. “These people came to be...

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