Shia–Sunni relations  

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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."


Vali Nasr in The Shia Revival (2006) sees the period from the collapse of the Ottoman Empire through the decline of Arab nationalism as a time of relative unity and harmony between traditionalist Sunni and Shia Muslims—unity brought on by a feeling of being under siege from a common threat, secularism, first of the European colonial variety and then Arab nationalist.

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Sunni Islam and Shia Islam are the two major denominations of Islam. Their division traces back to a SunniShia schism following the death of the Islamic prophet Muhammad in the year 632AD.


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