What is the difference between Sunni and Shia Muslims?

CLASHES between Islam’s two big sects, the Sunni and the Shia, take place across the Muslim world. In the Middle East a potent mix of religion and politics has sharpened the divide between Iran’s Shia government and the Gulf states, which have Sunni governments.
— Read on www.economist.com/blogs/economist-explains/2013/05/economist-explains-19

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