Glossary: Sunni(s)

DEFINITION:
The second largest Muslim sect in Lebanon. After Muhammads death, those followers who supported a traditional method of election based on community agreement became known as Sunnis; those who supported Ali as successor became known as Shias (q.v.). Sunnis primarily inhabit parts of West Beirut, the south-central coast, and the north. By custom, the prime minister is a Sunni.

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