American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition
- n. The Shiites.
- n. A Shiite.
- adj. Shiite.
Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- n. A member of that division of the Mohammedans which maintains that Ali, first cousin of Mohammed and husband of his daughter Fatima, was the first legitimate imam or successor of the Prophet, and rejects the first three califs of the Sunnis (the other great division) as usurpers. The Shiahs “are also called the Imamiyahs, because they believe the Muslim religion consists in the true knowledge of the Imam or rightful leaders of the faithful” (Hughes, Dict. Islam). (See
imamand calif.) They claim to be the orthodox Mohammedans, but are treated by the Sunnis as heretics. The Shiahs comprise nearly the whole Persian nation, and are also found in Oudh, a province of British India; but the Mohammedans of the other parts of India are for the most part Sunnis. Also Shiite.
- n. Alternative form of Shi'a.
GNU Webster's 1913
- n. Same as Shiite.
- n. one of the two main branches of orthodox Islam; mainly in Iran
- Arabic šī'a, following, sect, from šā'a, to spread, become known; see śyʿ in Semitic roots. (American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)
“The word Shiah means a follower, and Sunni one proceeding on the _sunnah_, the path or way, a term applied to the traditions of the Prophet.”
“However the Sunni Muslims reason (unlike the Shiah) that the Caliphate (guidance of the Muslim community) should go to the many suitable candidate, irrespective of their ancestry or origins.”
“The dispute began Jan. 11, 2005, when Vanessa C. Brantley, 30, and her 2-year-old daughter, Shiah, were killed after a second-floor laundry room exploded.”
“Islam is a big religion with three different major denominations, Sunni, Shiah and Suffi.”
“War between Sunnis and Shiah would become a real possibility.”
“This, from the man who doesn't know the difference between Sunni and Shiah?”
“UNIDENTIFIED MALE: Senator McCain, with what you've already said about the powerful presence of the Shiah majority in Iraq, how would you propose we represent that majority in the new democracy?”
“The label Hadhari makes it all confusing to general public; I have non-Muslim friends asking me whether Islam Hadhari is in the same category as Sunni, Shiah, or Wahabi; and we are already having hard time in the media on the fundamentalist-liberal labels on Islam.”
“However, I really enjoyed it and felt that Harrison Ford was as fresh as ever and I was pretty impressed with Shiah in the last movie as well.”
“Shiah hatred of the energetic conqueror of Oman crops out again.”
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