- From Arabic شيعة (shii`a) (faction) (Wiktionary)
“At the heart of their fierce animosity is a debate over how to best protect Syria's myriad religious communities: Sunni Muslims, Shi'a Muslims, Christians, Druzes, Alawis, Jews, Yazidis, Ismailis, and others.”
“Meanwhile, Christian, Shi'a, Druze, Iraqi, and Palestinian refugee minorities, which make up a quarter of Syria's population, have been asking what, exactly, is the agenda of opposition groups and will the resistance assure the security of minorities in a post-Assad scenario?”
“Bahraini government officials sometimes privately tell U.S. official visitors that some Shi'a oppositionists are backed by Iran.”
“Bahrain's most popular Shi'a cleric is Sheikh Isa Qassim, who has occasionally endorsed the Iranian regime's doctrine of velayat-e faqih, and as a result is a lightning rod for loud Sunni criticism, and quieter criticism from some more orthodox Shi'a clerics.”
“Post's very rough estimate is that 30 percent of the Shi'a here follow clerics who look to more senior clerics in Iran for guidance.”
“It was against the backdrop of ignorance that our political leadership and their echo chamber in the media were able to sell the public on: the war's ease; the belief that we would be welcomed as liberators; and the notion that once the dictator was overthrown, democracy would flourish (remember neo-con Bill Kristol dismissing Iraq's Sunni/Shi'a tensions as "pop culture" for which he said "there's almost no evidence of that at all").”
“During his trip to Lebanon, Ahmadinejad is scheduled to visit Dahiya, a heavily Shi'a southern suburb of Beirut, and tour southern Lebanon.”
“Whether we speak of Hizballah in Lebanon, Hamas in Palestine, or Shi'a Islamist parties in Iraq, Iran's regional allies are genuine political forces -- that is, forces that win elections because they represent important and unavoidable constituencies with legitimate grievances.”
“These include the institutionalised discrimination against the Shi'a in jobs, housing, and education.”
“They also include the systematic political discrimination against the Shi'a both via their exclusion from positions of power in government and defence institutions, and through the practice of sectarian-based gerrymandering of electoral districts and manipulation of Bahrain's demographic makeup through political naturalisation of foreigners and extension of voting rights to Sunni citizens of other countries.”
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