Religions in the Middle East
The Middle East is the birthplace of Judaism, Christianity, Islam, Ibadism, Shabakism and Yazidism. Many smaller minority religions such as Druze, Ibadi, Yazidis, Alawites were born there, too. The majority of the population in the Middle East adheres to Islam. Throughout history, there have been periods when people of all religions have lived together in peace, but there have also been periods when religious differences have led to war, death and displacement. At present, tensions exist between Islam’s biggest sects, the Sunnis and Shiites, in part as a consequence of a power struggle between Sunni Saudi Arabia and Shiite Iran, the two self-styled Islamic hegemons. Fanack provides a factual introduction to all the religions in the Middle East, offering you a clear and objective understanding of this highly sensitive subject.
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