And Sunni politicians, in turn, will often accuse leading shia Iraqis of serving as Iranians pawns.
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The one who suffered the most was an Alawite, a man belonging to the same shia minority as the Assads, and considered a turncoat.
When a shia Muslim says "Martyr," they usually have Imam Hossein in mind, who is the symbol of fighting against tyranny.
By contrast, another no-fly zone over the shia areas in southern Iraq was ineffectual, and did little to protect the locals.
At the local level, Sunnis, shia, and Kurds are beginning to come together to reclaim their communities and rebuild their lives.
The shia heretics afterwards became powerful, and the Christians were well treated.
They did not force extreme shia doctrine upon the Egyptians.
“Akhab Khan prevented those shia dogs from shooting you and Mayne-sahib,” went on the low murmur.
The Mohammedan world is roughly divided into Sunnis and shia.
also Shiah, 1620s, a collective name for one of the two great Muslim sects, from Arabic shi'ah "partisans, followers, sect, company, faction" (from sha'a "to follow"). This is the proper use, but it commonly is used in English to mean "a Shiite." In Arabic, shi'ah is the name of the sect, shiya'iy is a member of the sect.
The branch of Islam that recognizes Ali, Muhammad's son-in-law, as the lawful successor of the Prophet; the minority who believed, after the death of the Prophet, that spiritual and political authority followed his family line, as opposed to the Sunni, who took Abu Bakr as the political leader of the community. The Arabic name is short for Shi'at Ali "the party of Ali."