Class Notes

In case any other members of congress are interested, The New York Times offers up a short background briefing on Sunnis versus Shiites. Someone ironically, they don’t actually address the question that tripped Silvestre Reyes up, so in case you don’t know al-Qaeda appeals to a strain of Sunni Islam group while Hezbollah is a Shiite organization. It also bears mentioning that the religions are organized different. Shia Islam is semi-hierarchical, a bit like Anglican or Orthodox Christianity, while Sunni Islam is organized more like Protestant Christianity where, in practice, some preachers have more status than others but there’s no formal institutional hierarchy among them or linking them together.