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ERIC Number: ED509895
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 2010-Apr
Pages: 3
Abstractor: ERIC
Reference Count: 0
Sunni Islam: What Students Need to Know. Footnotes. Volume 15, Number 1
Calvert, John
Foreign Policy Research Institute
It is the mark of a great world religion to accommodate different outlooks and sensibilities. Quite often, these differences are manifested in terms of formal divisions within the faith. In Islam, the major split is between Sunni and the various forms of Shiism, though other divisions also exist. This essay, excerpted from the book "Divisions within Islam," is part of a 10-volume series for middle and high school students on the World of Islam. It will describe and explain these divisions, focusing on Shiism but also taking into consideration other important interpretations of Islam. In contrast to Christianity, the divisions of Islam tend to have their origins in politics rather than dogma. Although theological questions do form part of these divisions, the issues over which they first crystallized were primarily concerned with the leadership of the Islamic community (umma).
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Publication Type: Reports - Descriptive
Education Level: High Schools; Middle Schools
Audience: N/A
Language: English
Sponsor: N/A
Authoring Institution: Foreign Policy Research Institute