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Sunni-Shia sectarianism at root of much of Middle East violence

Two branches of Islam share many of the same beliefs and practices, and in many places their followers have quietly co-existed for centuries

Harriet Sherwood Religion correspondent

More than 85% of the world's 1.5bn Muslims are Sunni, and the rest are Shia. The two denominations share many of the same fundamental beliefs and practices, and in many places their followers have quietly co-existed for centuries. Outright sectarian conflict has been rare, but over recent decades tensions have risen, and sectarianism is at the root of much of the present-day violence in the Middle East.

The schism goes back to the death of the prophet Muhammad in 632AD, and a disagreement over who should succeed him. Some Muslims believed that his successor should be chosen; others wanted a continuation of Muhammad's bloodline.

The majority of Muhammad's followers backed Abu Bakr, a friend of the prophet, to inherit his office. They became known as Sunnis. A smaller number insisted the prophet had anointed his cousin, Ali. They became known as Shia.

Related: Saudi Arabia cuts diplomatic ties with Iran after execution of cleric

The Sunnis prevailed, although Ali briefly ruled as the fourth caliph after Abu Bakr and his successors died. But the Muslim split deepened when Ali's son Hussein was killed in 680 by soldiers of the ruling Sunni caliph. His death is commemorated by Shia Muslims as a day of ritualistic mourning known as Ashura.

Both groups agree that Allah is the one true God, and Muhammad his messenger. Both follow the Qur'an as the holy book and the five pillars of Islam, such as fasting during Ramadan.

Tensions between Sunnis and Shias deepened following the revolution in Iran in 1979, when Shia clerics took control of the country, offering support and giving hope to Shia populations in Iraq, Lebanon and Syria.

Saddam Hussein, a Sunni who ruled over a Shia majority in Iraq, invaded Iran the following year in a regional and sectarian power struggle. The ensuing war lasted nearly eight years and, by some estimates, cost more than a million lives.

The Arab spring uprisings that began five years ago have further heightened Sunni-Shia tensions, and led Sunni regimes such as Saudi Arabia's to crack down on what they see as Iran's attempts to promote its radical Shia agenda.

In countries with Sunni governments, Shia Muslims tend to be among the poorest sections of society and often see themselves as discriminated against.

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Sunni-Shia sectarianism at root of much of Middle East violence

Two branches of Islam share many of the same beliefs and practices, and in many places their followers have quietly co-existed for centuries

Harriet Sherwood Religion correspondent

More than 85% of the world's 1.5bn Muslims are Sunni, and the rest are Shia. The two denominations share many of the same fundamental beliefs and practices, and in many places their followers have quietly co-existed for centuries. Outright sectarian conflict has been rare, but over recent decades tensions have risen, and sectarianism is at the root of much of the present-day violence in the Middle East.

The schism goes back to the death of the prophet Muhammad in 632AD, and a disagreement over who should succeed him. Some Muslims believed that his successor should be chosen; others wanted a continuation of Muhammad's bloodline.

The majority of Muhammad's followers backed Abu Bakr, a friend of the prophet, to inherit his office. They became known as Sunnis. A smaller number insisted the prophet had anointed his cousin, Ali. They became known as Shia.

Related: Saudi Arabia cuts diplomatic ties with Iran after execution of cleric

The Sunnis prevailed, although Ali briefly ruled as the fourth caliph after Abu Bakr and his successors died. But the Muslim split deepened when Ali's son Hussein was killed in 680 by soldiers of the ruling Sunni caliph. His death is commemorated by Shia Muslims as a day of ritualistic mourning known as Ashura.

Both groups agree that Allah is the one true God, and Muhammad his messenger. Both follow the Qur'an as the holy book and the five pillars of Islam, such as fasting during Ramadan.

Tensions between Sunnis and Shias deepened following the revolution in Iran in 1979, when Shia clerics took control of the country, offering support and giving hope to Shia populations in Iraq, Lebanon and Syria.

Saddam Hussein, a Sunni who ruled over a Shia majority in Iraq, invaded Iran the following year in a regional and sectarian power struggle. The ensuing war lasted nearly eight years and, by some estimates, cost more than a million lives.

The Arab spring uprisings that began five years ago have further heightened Sunni-Shia tensions, and led Sunni regimes such as Saudi Arabia's to crack down on what they see as Iran's attempts to promote its radical Shia agenda.

In countries with Sunni governments, Shia Muslims tend to be among the poorest sections of society and often see themselves as discriminated against.

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1. The Jammu and Kashmir government today announced 50 days of winter vacations for all the government degree colleges of Kashmir division from January 4.

2. The Jammu and Kashmir government today launched a 'free winter classes' scheme to help students prepare for medical and engineering examinations at the state and national level.

3. Jammu and Kashmir Governor N N Vohra and Chief Minister Mufti Mohammed Sayeed today extended New Year greetings to the people of the state.

5. Mercury continued its free fall in Kashmir division as Leh in Ladakh region recorded the coldest night this winter with a minimum temperature of minus 16. 3 degrees Celsius.

6. Separatist leader Masrat Alam Bhat has been re-arrested under Public Safety Act (PSA), two days after High Court quashed his detention under the Act, the Jammu and Kashmir government said today.

7. As a part of its initiative to fast-track recruitments, Jammu and Kashmir Public Service Commission (JKPSC) has begun the process for filling up over 1, 600 posts of assistant professors. The interview for the posts will begin on 7 January.

8. Jammu and Kashmir Police has registered 22, 000 criminal cases and out of which 17, 000 cases have been taken to logical conclusion in 2015.

9. An amount of Rs 11, 000 crore has been earmarked to augment the infrastructure of power sector in Jammu and Kashmir under Prime Minister's reconstruction plan for the state.

10. Prime Minister Narendra Modi urges all political parties to make a new year resolve to let Parliament function;lays foundation stone for 14 lane Delhi-Meerut expressway.

11. Attacking Congress yet again over disruptions, Prime Minister Narendra Modi today asked the party to take a New Year resolution to allow Parliament to function for the sake of development.

12. Petrol price cut by 63 paise per litre, diesel by Rs 1.06, effective midnight.

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EVENING NEWS

Sponsored By The Grand Bakery, Bahu Plaza, Jammu

1. The Jammu and Kashmir government today announced 50 days of winter vacations for all the government degree colleges of Kashmir division from January 4.

2. The Jammu and Kashmir government today launched a 'free winter classes' scheme to help students prepare for medical and engineering examinations at the state and national level.

3. Jammu and Kashmir Governor N N Vohra and Chief Minister Mufti Mohammed Sayeed today extended New Year greetings to the people of the state.

5. Mercury continued its free fall in Kashmir division as Leh in Ladakh region recorded the coldest night this winter with a minimum temperature of minus 16. 3 degrees Celsius.

6. Separatist leader Masrat Alam Bhat has been re-arrested under Public Safety Act (PSA), two days after High Court quashed his detention under the Act, the Jammu and Kashmir government said today.

7. As a part of its initiative to fast-track recruitments, Jammu and Kashmir Public Service Commission (JKPSC) has begun the process for filling up over 1, 600 posts of assistant professors. The interview for the posts will begin on 7 January.

8. Jammu and Kashmir Police has registered 22, 000 criminal cases and out of which 17, 000 cases have been taken to logical conclusion in 2015.

9. An amount of Rs 11, 000 crore has been earmarked to augment the infrastructure of power sector in Jammu and Kashmir under Prime Minister's reconstruction plan for the state.

10. Prime Minister Narendra Modi urges all political parties to make a new year resolve to let Parliament function;lays foundation stone for 14 lane Delhi-Meerut expressway.

11. Attacking Congress yet again over disruptions, Prime Minister Narendra Modi today asked the party to take a New Year resolution to allow Parliament to function for the sake of development.

12. Petrol price cut by 63 paise per litre, diesel by Rs 1.06, effective midnight.

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