- (used with a plural verb) the Shiʿites.
- (used with a singular verb) Shiʿite.
Origin of Shiʿah
- a member of one of the two great religious divisions of Islam that regards Ali, the son-in-law of Muhammad, as the legitimate successor of Muhammad, and disregards the three caliphs who succeeded him.
Origin of Shiʿite
Examples from the Web for shia
Monis was born Manteghi Bourjerdi into a Shia Muslim family in Iran.The Sydney Astrologer Turned Islamic Radical
December 16, 2014
There are a lot of Shia fighters from Afghanistan and Iran.The Battle for Aleppo: A Decisive Fight for ISIS, Assad, and the USA
October 25, 2014
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
September 16, 2014
They did not force extreme Shia doctrine upon the Egyptians.
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.
The Shia heretics afterwards became powerful, and the Christians were well treated.The New Gresham Encyclopedia
“Akhab Khan prevented those Shia dogs from shooting you and Mayne-sahib,” went on the low murmur.The Red Year
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."