Religious Conflict: Islam

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Religious Conflict: Islam

Religious conflict has been very common between these two sects and it has escalated dramatically in the past couple years. The Sunni extremists have been, as of recently, taking action against the Shi'ites in extremely violent ways, such as car bombings, suicide bombers, etc. These attacks have put all Shi'ites, especially in Iraq in a "self-defense mode." Just in the past year, over 5,000 people have been killed and this number is increasing at an even more dangerous rate.

These photos shows the remains of a car bomb and a Shi'ite building lit on fire, which are common forms of Sunni extremist attacks.

Islam experienced this great schism soon after the death of the Prophet Muhammad in 632. The initial disagreement was over whom should rule the Islamic community. This issue divided the people and ever since this historical time, the Sunnis have had the majority of Muslims. There are two countries, however, that have the majority of their population being Shi'ites: Iran and Iraq. Iraq is the topic of discussion because of their continuous and recent violent streaks. They were thought to have endured a civil war around 2006, which divided the sects even further. In Iraw, although the majority it Shi'ite, Sunnis have had more authority over the region than they have. That, therefore, has caused many uprisings by itself. Also, the US's interference and invasions has caused the Sunni extremists to act out ever more violently.

The map above shows the distribution of Sunnis and Shi'ites throughout the world.

Relgious Conflict: Islam

Sunnis vs. Shi'ites

This map shows a closer look at the primary regions of both the sects of Islam throughout Iraq.


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