The Shiites pp 11-26 | Cite as

Essentials of Islam Common to the Shiite and Sunni Traditions

  • David Pinault


Having reviewed some of the distinguishing events central to Shiite sacred history, it may be good for us to pause here and examine aspects of the Islamic faith adhered to by Shiite and Sunni Muslims alike. For although the historical events of the seventh century—Ali’s caliphate, Karbala, the imamate of Husain—generated a Shiite theology which differs from Sunnism in important ways, nevertheless the two traditions share in common numerous religious beliefs and essential insights concerning the nature of divinity and God’s relations with humanity.


Arabian Peninsula Muslim Community Christian Tradition Christian Doctrine Islamic Faith 


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