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- Rhymes: -ʊni
- Belonging or relating to to the branch of Islam based on the Qur'an, the Kutub al-Sittah (the hadiths which record the Sunnah) and that places emphasis on the Sahabah.
- Are all of your family members Sunnis?
1919, H. E. Wingate, Alan de Lacy Rush, Jane Priestland year=2001, editor, Records of Iraq, 1914-1966, volume 2, page 181:
- I therefore strongly advocate the formation of a local capital but not at Hillah, which is too Sunni and near Baghdad
1992, Bruce Lincoln, Discourse and the Construction of Society, page 36:
- members […] came to view themselves collectively as the righteous descendants of Husayn confronting an evil and fundamentally alien ruler: a shah more Zoroastrian than Muslim, more Sunni than Shi'i, more Arab than Iranian, more Yazid than Husayn.
2005, Alİ Çarkoğlu, Barry M. Rubin, Religion And Politics In Turkey, page 124:
- When we compare the data in these registers with findings presented above, in fact, Sivas appears more "Sunni" than the Balkan-Anatolian average of 1695.
2007, Iraq’s New Political Map, page 16:
- After the formation of Tawafuq and under the impetus of growing Sunni extremism, it became more Sunni in orientation.
2008, Charles H. Ferguson, No End in Sight: Iraq's Descent Into Chaos, page 357:
- Omar is a very Sunni name. Although some Shiites name [their sons] Omar, but not to the extent we say it's a Shiite name. It's a very Sunni name in the Islamic history.
2010, Lee Smith, The Strong Horse: Power, Politics, and the Clash of Arab Civilizations, page 41:
- In keeping with the status-anxietyridden logic of the convert, many of the minorities became more Sunni than the Sunnis themselves
2012, Eamon Murphy, The Making of Terrorism in Pakistan: Historical and social roots ..., page 98:
- Many Shias who had become more Sunni in their religious practices reverted back to their original sect.
- (countable) A follower of Sunnism.
- (uncountable) Sunni Islam.
1998, Geert H. Hofstede, Masculinity and Femininity: The Taboo Dimension of National Cultures, page 205:
- In Islam, Sunni is a more triumphant version of the faith than Shia, which stresses the importance of suffering, following the founder Ali, who was persecuted.
2009, Central Intelligence Agency, CIA World Factbook 2010, page xxviii:
- Sunni has four schools of Islamic doctrine and law — Hanafi, Maliki, Shafi'i, and Hanbali — which uniquely interpret the Hadith, or recorded oral traditions of Muhammad.
(Can we date this quote?), John Richard Thackrah - 2008, Routledge Companion to Military Conflict since 1945, page 129:
- Sunni is the mainstream religion, based in Mecca, and is generally more moderate.
- (person): Sunnite; Bukharist (less common), Hadithist (less common); Bakri (offensive); Sunnist (political); Nasibi (offensive)
- (person): Muslim
- Shia, Sufi, Ahle Quran, Ahmadi, 5 percenter, Quranist, Mu'tazila, Ibadi, Nation of Islam, Mahdavi, Moorish Scientist, ghair muqallid, Muwahhid
follower of the Sunni branch of Islam
Sunni Islam, a branch of Islam