Photo Gallery: Islam's Old Sectarian Divide
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Photo Gallery: Islam's Old Sectarian Divide

The Prophet's Curse Islam's Ancient Divide Fuels Middle East Conflicts

They began as a cry for freedom in the Middle East, but the Arab rebellions have become increasingly characterized by an ancient sectarian conflict between Sunni and Shiite Muslims. SPIEGEL examines how the power struggle between the two groups is sparking new fears along old frontlines.
Translated from the German by Ella Ornstein