Do you know your Shia from your Sunni?

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  1. msr

    msr LE

    The Dilemma: Despite hearing news about the Middle East every day, you still don’t know Shia from shinola.

    People You Can Impress: Iranians, Iraqis, Syrians, Jordanians, and TV talking heads.

    The Quick Trick: The Shia believe that the early succession of power should have gone like the name of a very famous boxer: 1) Muhammad, 2) Ali.

    The Explanation: Like Christianity, Islam is home to a spectrum of sects espousing different beliefs and practices. And just as Christianity can be divided into two large groups - Catholic and Protestant - from which other subsects have emerged, so too with Islam: Shia and Sunni.

  2. I thought it was a description of Iraq...

    ...It's Sunni and Shi'ite...

  3. Shia was the female of the 70's singing duo and went on to have a successful solo career (and lots of plastic surgery). Sunni died in a skiing accident in 1998.

    I'll get my hijab........