1. (uncountable) The branch of Islam that believes that Ali succeeded Muhammad as leader and that places emphasis on the prophet's family.
    • 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, […]
    • a. 2013, 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.
  2. (countable) One who follows Shi'a Islam; a Shiite.
Synonyms Translations
  • French: chiisme
  • German: Shia
  • Italian: sciismo
  • Portuguese: xiismo
  • Russian: шии́зм
  • Spanish: chiismo, chía

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