Sunni? Shia? Hanbali? Ismali? Deobandi? A visual guide to the major & notable sects, schools & movements within Islam.

Sunni? Shia? Hanbali? Ismali? Deobandi? A visual guide to the major & notable sects, schools & movements within Islam.

This is an ongoing, evolving diagram which we hope to add to. So please send us your ideas & corrections.

Thanks to Imran Ali, Andrzej Mendel, Farshad Tami, Sajjad for corrections.

See our interactive graphic on the Middle East.

» See the data: bit.ly/KIB_Islam
» See the full expanse of the Islamic tree in this Wikipedia diagram
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  1. Hello Mr Tschannen! The link doesn’t work on the upper image. How can I take a closer look at it? Is there a better link, perhaps?

    • I think the founder of the Ahmadiyya Muslim Jama’at did say that “in case of details that I have not given any directions you may follow the Hanafi School”.

      • So if your leader considers Abu Hanifa worthy to be followed then why only his fiqh positions and not his creed?

        Abu Hanifa clearly was a follower of Ahlus Sunnah creed. He believed in miracles, in adam’s creation from earth without parents, in the literal return of the messiah and many other mainstream beliefs

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