Shia and Sunni Muslims in Iraq

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Shia vs. Sunni Muslims in Iraq
Religious conflict is a terrible but unavoidable part of many religions. It is made even more unavoidable when the religion itself calls for the extermination of disbelievers. Originally the intrafaith religious conflict between the Shia and Sunni Muslims of Iraq started as a result of a small differing in political beliefs. The small misunderstandings soon turned into terrible problems because of discrimination in the form of unequal opportunities for Shia and Sunni Muslims and violence, such as suicide bombings, attributed to the fact that Islam itself dictates the killing of non-believers. Because of these reasons, the religious conflict between the Shia and Sunni Muslims in Iraq has only been exacerbated during the last 1300 years.
Islam started in the 7th century C.E. when the Prophet Muhammad received revelations from God. Originated in Mecca and Medina, now present day Saudi Arabia, Islam quickly became a very prominent religion because “Muhammad himself had successfully establish the new faith through the conversion and conquest of those who stood against him” (World History Project 2002). After Muhammad’s death in 632, the expansion of Islam continued at an even faster pace because of the Muslim’s dedication to jihad, or “holy war,” which calls for the protection of Islam and the converting of non-believers. Originally jihad did not call for the violent conquest and conversion of non-Muslims, but some adherent’s interpretation of the Quran allowed them to do so. As a result, Islam soon spread throughout the Arabian peninsula.
During its spread, Islam split into two sects, the Shia and the Sunni. The rift appeared because of a small political disagreement on who was to be Muhammad...

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...owards violence. In order to end the conflict between the Shia and Sunni, the violence between them must end. However since violence is so intertwined with their religion, it may be difficult to end it. As a result, what may need to happen is that Iraq may have to become a Shia only country. Since Iraq is one of the few Shia majority countries, with the rest being Sunni majority, the Sunni Muslims can relocate from Iraq to one of the Sunni majority countries nearby, and any Shia muslims who want to move to Iraq can. Since Iraq will no longer have anymore Sunni Muslims, the Shia will not have a target to direct their discrimination or violence against, thus ending their conflicts there. While this may be hard to implement, it may provide an end to the conflicts, born of discrimination, violence and the religion itself, between the Shia and Sunni Muslims of Iraq.
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