Shia Islam  

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"Throughout the 20th and 21st centuries, the Middle East has experienced both periods of relative peace and tolerance and periods of conflict particularly between Sunnis and Shiites."

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Shia is a branch of Islam which holds that the Islamic prophet Muhammad designated Ali ibn Abi Talib as his successor (Imam).

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