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Shi'ite

Christopher Riches and Jan Palmowski

in A Dictionary of Contemporary World History

Fourth edition


Published online September 2016 | e-ISBN: 9780191802997

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The smaller of the two main branches of *Islam which is the Shi'at Ali (the Party of Ali), as it recognizes Ali's claim to succeed his cousin and father-in-law, the Prophet Muhammad, as the spiritual leader of Islam during the first civil war in the Islamic world (...

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Subjects: Contemporary History (Post 1945)

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