March 4, 2010

Sunni-Shia Conflict Widespread

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In seven of nine nations surveyed, a majority of Muslim respondents said Sunni-Shia tensions are not limited to Iraq, but rather a broader problem.

Most Muslims believe that conflict between Sunnis and Shia is not limited to Iraq but is rather a growing problem in the Muslim world more generally. In seven nations surveyed, a majority of the Muslims agreed the Sunni-Shia tensions are a broader problem; in another (Israel’s Muslim minority community) a plurality agreed. Only in Indonesia did more Muslims say the Sunni-Shia problems are confined within Iraq’s borders. In a rare point of agreement among Muslims in Lebanon, overwhelming numbers of Shia (91%) and Sunnis (99%) both say the religious conflict is a growing problem for Muslims worldwide. Most Pakistani, Egyptian, Jordanian, Nigerian, Turkish and Palestinian Muslims also see a general problem that is not limited to Iraq. Read More