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from The Century Dictionary.

  • noun 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.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English.

  • noun Same as Shiite.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License.

  • noun Alternative form of Shi'a.

from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.

  • noun one of the two main branches of orthodox Islam; mainly in Iran

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