differences between Sunni and Shi'a Islam?
July 26, 2007 1:15 PM Subscribe
What are the functional and modern differences between Sunni and Shi'a Islam?
posted by scaryblackdeath to religion & philosophy (7 answers total) 10 users marked this as a favorite
I'm already familiar with the story behind the split, but after 1300 years of separation, I imagine there are some differences beyond the argument over who should and should not lead Islam. But beyond that, and beyond the geopolitics of which sect is more populous where... what are the actual differences?
Oddly enough, one doesn't find much of an explanation in many school textbooks. They tell you the origins of the split and really that's it. Is it really too technical to be worth the time or something?