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See also: Shia
Shi'a (plural Shi'as)
- The branch of Islam that believes that Ali succeeded Muhammad as leader, and that places emphasis on the prophet's family.
1998, Geert H. Hofstede, Masculinity and Femininity: The Taboo Dimension of National Cultures, page 181:
- In Islam, Sunni is a more triumphant version of the faith than Shia, which stresses the importance of suffering, following the founder Ali, who was persecuted.
- 2008, J. Gordon Melton, The Encyclopedia of Religious Phenomena, Visible Ink Press, page 181:
- Shi’a is one of the two larger divisions of Islam, […]
- Bruce Anthony Collet, Refugee Education as a Gauge of Liberal Multiculturalism: Iraqi Students in Jordan and the United States in 2013, Heidi Biseth, Halla B. Holmarsdottir, Human Rights in the Field of Comparative Education, Sense Publishers, page 158:
- Jordanians do not know what Shi’a is about, and it was very recently, [the] last few years, when we start[ed] being exposed to Shi’a.
- One who follows Shi'a Islam; a Shiite.
branch of Islam
follower of Shi'a Islam