The beginning of Islamic factions

The Islamic world is split into two main factions, the Sunni and Shia. The original reason for this split was¬†the disagreement over who should succeed Mohammed after he died. The Sunni favored a¬†hereditary succession while the Shia favored a ‘best man’ succession. The Shia were successful in their desires at first even though a descendant of Mohammed did lead Islam at a later time.

(The Great Courses – Islam)

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