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Primer on Islam
October 24, 2012 10:34 AM   Subscribe

Looking for a good primer on Islam, emphasis on the distinctions and history between Sunni and Shia branches

That's pretty much it. Not looking for an explanation in the comments, but rather links to respected/quality articles (or whatever) on this subject. Ideally these would not be book-length or terribly in-depth. Something that you might find on http://longform.org/ for example.

I've seen this http://ask.metafilter.com/67881/Insert-Witty-Title-Here and was seeing if there is anything more recent, maybe with reference to the Arab Spring
posted by Patbon to Religion & Philosophy (3 answers total) 6 users marked this as a favorite
 
The Ontario Consultants on Religious Tolerance are my go-to for any "basic information about religion/religious issues" site. They tend to be impartial and yet exhaustive. Their section on Islam is here.
posted by EmpressCallipygos at 10:42 AM on October 24, 2012


Here is a nice In Our Time podcast on the Sunni Shia split.
posted by shothotbot at 12:31 PM on October 24, 2012


BeliefNet is a good online resource but this is one of those topics that usually need a full-length book to explain well.
posted by fiercekitten at 9:25 PM on October 24, 2012


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