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Pronunciation: (soon'ē), [key]
n. Islam.
1. Also called Sunnite. a member of one of the two great religious divisions of Islam, regarding the first four caliphs as legitimate successors of Muhammad and stressing the importance of Sunna as a basis for law. Cf. Shiعite.
2. (used with a pl. v.) the Sunni Muslims.

Random House Unabridged Dictionary, Copyright © 1997, by Random House, Inc., on Infoplease.

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