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# In the late seventh century, in a dispute over whether the

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In the late seventh century, in a dispute over
whether the Prophet Muhammad's son-in-law, Ali,
should carry on as the fourth caliph, Muhammad's
successor
, Islam split into two branches, the Sunnis
and the Shiites.

(A) over whether the Prophet Muhammad's son-in-
law, Ali, should carry on as the fourth caliph,
(B) over if Ali, the Prophet Muhammad's son-in-
law, was going to carry on and be the fourth
(C) over whether Ali, the Prophet Muhammad's
son-in-law, was going to carry on and be
(D) as to whether the fourth caliph, Muhammad's
successor, is to be the Prophet Muhammad's
son-in-low, Ali
(E) concerning if the fourth caliph, Muhammad's
successor, was to be the Prophet Muhammad's
son-in-law, Ali
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19 Dec 2003, 11:49
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islam split over "Prophet Muhammad's son-in-law" 'S appointment not on ali's.. furthermore, 'muhammad' in the opening sentence modifies 'muhammad' in the succeeding
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19 Dec 2003, 12:21
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Gmat language explanation ...

- 'dispute over' is the corect idiom.
- 'whether' shall beat 'if' most of the times.
- 'was' cannot come here, 'should' is correct.
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22 Aug 2010, 10:36
b/w A and C

in c should carry on and be fourth khalifah is contradictory

so ans shld be A
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23 Apr 2014, 10:00
Dispute over is correct idiom

Nough' said

A

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