Origin of Shiʿah
Definition for shia (2 of 2)
Examples from the Web for shia
Monis was born Manteghi Bourjerdi into a Shia Muslim family in Iran.
There are a lot of Shia fighters from Afghanistan and Iran.The Battle for Aleppo: A Decisive Fight for ISIS, Assad, and the USA|Jamie Dettmer|October 25, 2014|DAILY BEAST
From the militia perspective, the Shia factions in Iraq break down as follows.
It will go to the Shia majority and is the subject of an ongoing struggle with very high stakes indeed.
But in Syria, where Shia are a minority, a post-ISIS future threatens to freeze Iran out.How Iran Could Become Our Shadow Enemy in the Syria ISIS War|Jacob Siegel|September 16, 2014|DAILY BEAST
“Akhab Khan prevented those Shia dogs from shooting you and Mayne-sahib,” went on the low murmur.The Red Year|Louis Tracy
The Mohammedan world is roughly divided into Sunnis and Shia.
The Shia are the idealists, the mystics of Islam; the Sunnis are the formalists, the schoolmen.
They did not force extreme Shia doctrine upon the Egyptians.
The Shia heretics afterwards became powerful, and the Christians were well treated.The New Gresham Encyclopedia|Various
Word Origin and History for 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."