Sunni-Shiite split stems from dispute over Prophet

June 13, 2014 6:37 PM

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BAGHDAD (AP) — The Sunni-Shiite split is rooted in the question of who should succeed the Prophet Muhammad in leading Muslims after his death in 632.

Shiites say the prophet's cousin and son-in-law, Ali, was his rightful successor but he was cheated when authority went to those the Sunnis call the four "Rightfully Guided Caliphs" — Abu Bakr, Omar, Othman and, finally, Ali.

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