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Sunni and Shi'a

Lesson plan for The Kite Runner. Comparisons between sunni and Shi'a

Claire Healy

on 2 November 2012

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Sunni and Shi'a Background Sunni Shi'a Reflection Video Sunni Muslims believe that there isn't a basis for a hereditary privileged class of spiritual leaders. They believe that leadership isn't a birth right and must be earned. When the Prophet died they were the ones who wanted to elect a religious leader based on the persons skill, much like a democracy. Shi'a Muslims believe that the Imam is sinless and his authority comes directly from God. When the Prophet died they believed that the next leader should be selected from the Prophets family, because they are of decent, and a chosen family near God. How does the matter of religion tie back into the book? Claire Healy Dominique Hart Cecelia Oppenlander Monique LaJeuesse Laura Shonk Genny Gregory By About 75-90% of the worlds Muslims are Sunni where as only 10-20% are Shi'a. The division of the Muslim religion dates back to the death of Prophet Muhammad in 632 C.E. Due to the prophets death the Muslim religion was at a controversy in selecting their religious leader. The majority of the Muslim religion thought that the Imam should be selected through means of an election, of some of the Prophets most eligible companions. A portion of the Muslim religion thought that the Imam (leader) of the Muslim faith should be selected only within the Prophets family, thereby selecting either the Prophets nephew or his son-in-law. This divided the faith from then onwards into two different branches, the Sunni and the shi'a Source One "What's the Difference Between Shia and Sunni Muslims?" About.com Islam. About.com, n.d. Web. 02 Nov. 2012. <http://islam.about.com/cs/divisions/f/shia_sunni.htm> Source Two Khan, Sa'dullah. "Sunni-Shi'a Differences." - Beliefnet.com. N.p., n.d. Web. 02 Nov. 2012. <http://www.beliefnet.com/Faiths/Islam/2001/02/Sunni-Shia-Differences.aspx>. Source Three How does this relate to Hassan and Amirs different characteristics? How does the difference in religion affect society in Afghanistan? "Sunni and Shi'a." BBC News. BBC, 19 Aug. 2009. Web. 02 Nov. 2012. <http://www.bbc.co.uk/religion/religions/islam/subdivisions/sunnishia_1.shtml>.
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