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The Islamic Republic of Iran, meanwhile, is overwhelmingly Shia, with up to 95 per cent of nationals belonging to the denomination.Both countries are major oil producers but while Saudi covers a significantly larger land mass, Iran’s population is more than twice the size.The arguments are complicated but essentially boil down to the fact that Sunni’s believe the Prophets’ trusted friend and advisor Abu Bakr was the first rightful leader of Muslims or “caliph”, while Shias believe that Mohammed’s cousin and son-in-law Ali was chosen by Allah to hold the title.Both men did eventually hold the title – Abu Bakr first until his death, and Ali fourth after two previous caliphs were assassinated – but the schism really hit over who should come next.Azerbaijan was the territory of the Medes, founders of Iran's first empire.Recently it has become the centre of a a Sufi sect, established by Sheikh Safi al-Din.
Shaibani is taken and killed (his skull, set in gold, becomes one of Ismail's favourite drinking cups).
Ismail contents himself with diplomatic efforts to convert him to the Shi'a faith.
The real Sunni threat now comes from the Ottoman Turks.
At the age of fourteen he leads the local tribes in the capture of Tabriz, where he is enthroned in 1501 as the shah of Azerbaijan.
(Ismail is not alone in teenage achievements of this kind; four years previously Babur, also aged fourteen, briefly captures Samarkand.) Ismail extends his control over much of Mesopotamia and Persia, using the Shi'a faith as a rallying cry.