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Sunni Islam

Frederick Mathewson Denny

in Islamic Studies

ISBN: 9780195390155
Published online December 2009 | | DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.1093/obo/9780195390155-0084
Sunni Islam

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Sunni Islam is the dominant division of the global Muslim community, and throughout history it has made up a substantial majority (85 to 90 percent) of that community. In the early centuries, Sunni Islam developed distinctive legal institutions and theological discourses, as well as a form of government called the caliphate (Ar. khilafa).

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Subjects: Islam

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