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or Shi·ah also Shi·'a  (shē′ə)Islam
1. (Used with a pl. verb) The Shiites.
2. (used with a sing. verb) A Shiite.

[Arabic šī'a, following, sect, from šā'a, to spread, become known; see śyʕ in Semitic roots.]
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ThesaurusAntonymsRelated WordsSynonymsLegend:
Noun1.Shia - one of the two main branches of orthodox Islam; mainly in Iran
Islam, Muslimism - the civilization of Muslims collectively which is governed by the Muslim religion; "Islam is predominant in northern Africa, the Middle East, Pakistan, and Indonesia"
religious order, religious sect, sect - a subdivision of a larger religious group
Shia Muslim, Shiite, Shi'ite, Shiite Muslim, Shi'ite Muslim - a member of the branch of Islam that regards Ali as the legitimate successor to Mohammed and rejects the first three caliphs
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Shiah [ˈʃiːə]
A. N
1. (= doctrine) → chiísmo m
2. (= follower) (also Shia Muslim) → chiíta mf
B. ADJchiíta
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These differences, in turn, as noted by Anthony O'Mahony, show the limits of dialogue and cooperation between the Shi'as and Catholics and, more broadly, between Muslims and Christians.
Saudi Arabia's execution of Shi'a cleric Nimr Al-Nimr along with 46 other persons, including three other Shi'as and dozens accused of being affiliated with Al-Qaeda, has sparked a wave of protests in Iran, with the Iranian supreme leader Ali Khamenei saying that Saudi Arabia will face "divine revenge".
Amnesty International has documented 91 separate attacks on Shi'as across Pakistan since January 2012 that have resulted in around 500 fatalities.
Some Shi'as sought retaliation for the suffering they had endured under the Hussein regime, while some Sunnis -- particularly those linked to Al-Qaeda in Iraq, or AQI -- mounted insurgent attacks against the new government.
Saudi Arabia had executed renowned Shi'a cleric Nimr Al-Nimr along with 47 other persons, including three other Shi'as and dozens accused of having affiliated with Al-Qaeda.
In 2005, a new panel was established in the courts for Shi'as. The panel decided cases in the following areas: marriage, divorce, inheritance and related disputes.
Saudi Arabia executed Shi'a cleric Nimr Al-Nimr along with 47 other persons including three other Shi'as and dozens accused of having affiliated with Al-Qaeda.
Shi'as are permitted to go on the Hajj, and there is no quota system for those making the pilgrimage.
"Iran thinks that it is the guardian of Shi'as wherever they are and some factions in the Gulf approve this.
The Assad family in Syria is oppressors and Shi'as are not responsible for their actions.
The Ministry of Religious Endowments has closed the mosque and the shrine of Imam Hussain for three days, from Thursday to Saturday, to deter the commemoration of Ashura by Muslim Shi'as in Egypt, a religiously historic day in which Imam Hussein, the Prophet Muhammed's grandson, was killed.