- 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.
Also Shi·ite, Shiʿa, Shiʿah, Shi·ʿi [shee-ee, shee-ee] /ʃiˈi, ˈʃi i/.
Compare Sunni(def 1).
Origin of Shiʿite
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Examples from the Web for shiism
Iran belongs to all Iranians; it cannot and must not be reduced to Islam, nor Islam to Shiism or Shiism to Khomeinism.The Nuclear Deal That Iran’s Regime Fears Most
November 22, 2014
Alawis are a very unique and distinct Muslim group, which mixes elements of Shiism and Christianity together.The Battle Within Syria: Who Will Win?
June 12, 2011
These last matters, however, are rather excrescences than necessary parts of Shiism.The Future of Islam
Wilfred Scawen Blunt
- Islam the beliefs and practices of Shiah
Word Origin and History for shiism
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