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Distribution of Sunni and Shia Muslim population in the Middle East

Distribution of Sunni and Shia Muslim population in the Middle East

Distribution of Sunni and Shia Muslim population in the Middle East

Despite the fact that all Muslims share a number of fundamental convictions, the Muslim community has, over time, split into different branches and groups. The major split – into Sunni (87 to 90% of the global Muslim population) and Shiite Muslims (10 to 13%) – occurred as a result of leadership disputes which arose after the death of the Prophet Muhammad in AD 632.

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