The Two Houses of Islam : Shiite / Sunni The Sunnis and Shiites have been in conflict since the death of Mohammed himself. The Sunnis have been in control for the past 1300 years. The Shiites were battered, bashed, persecuted, and sluaghtered.... until 1979 in Iran. There are 1.3 billion Muslims in the world : roughly 85 percent are Sunni and 15 percent are Shiite. The one thing they have in common is their Islamic faith. You cannot understand the events unfolding in the Middle East without understanding their important and complicated history and relationship. Available in DVD or CD.