Background Papers On Sunni Vs. Shiite, Wahhabism And Salafiyya

The Congressional Research Service has just produced a trifecta of excellent background papers on Islam (hosted by the Federation Of American Scientists via Docuticker). The first provides a very comprehensive look (in just six pages) at the differences and similarities between Sunni and Shiite branches of Islam (Download full text here) and includes the nifty map displayed below (at a much better resolution).
The second, by the same author, Christopher Blanchard, and also weighing in at just six pages, talks about the “The Islamic Traditions of Wahhabism and Salafiyya” (Download full text here). As with all CRS reports, it also clearly lays out why the topic is important to US decisionmakers.

Finally, Blanchard writes another informative six page backgrounder on Islamic religious schools, madrasas (Download full text here).


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