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Shia, Shiites
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The word “Shia” (Arab. shīʿah, “a separate or distinct party of people who follow or conform with one another” [though perhaps without full agreement]) applies to one person or many, male or female. Broadly, it refers to Muslims who hold that the family of the Prophet Muḥammad (ca. 570–632), the ahl al-bayt (lit. “people of the house”), has a privileged positi…

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Sachedina, Abdulaziz, “Shia, Shiites”, in: Encyclopedia of Christianity Online. Consulted online on 05 June 2023 <http://dx.doi.org/10.1163/2211-2685_eco_S.66>
First published online: 2011
First print edition: ISBN: 9789004169678, 20080512

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