Shiah

Definitions

  • WordNet 3.6
    • n Shiah one of the two main branches of orthodox Islam; mainly in Iran
    • ***
Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
    • n Shiah A member of that branch of the Mohammedans to which the Persians belong. They reject the first three caliphs, and consider Ali as being the first and only rightful successor of Mohammed. They do not acknowledge the Sunna, or body of traditions respecting Mohammed, as any part of the law, and on these accounts are treated as heretics by the Sunnites, or orthodox Mohammedans.
    • n Shiah Same as Shiite.
    • ***
Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
    • n Shiah shē′ä a member of that Mohammedan sect which maintains that Ali, first cousin of Mohammed and husband of his daughter Fatima, was the first legitimate successor of the Prophet, rejecting the three califs of their opponents the Sunnis, as usurpers
    • ***

Etymology

Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
Ar. shī'aī,a follower of the sect of Ali, fr. shī'at, shī'ah, a multitude following one another in pursuit of the same object, the sect of Ali, fr. shā'a, to follow
Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
Ar. shī'a, sect.

Usage

In literature:

The call to prayer from the minarets was adapted to Shiah taste.
"The Great Events by Famous Historians, Volume 5" by Various
It is the Mecca of the Shiah Mussulmans.
"A Dweller in Mesopotamia" by Donald Maxwell
The deaths of Hasan and Husain are still mourned yearly by the Shiahs at the Moharram.
"Secret Societies And Subversive Movements" by Nesta H. Webster
And the Shiah law even dispenses with witnesses.
"The Tribes and Castes of the Central Provinces of India--Volume I (of IV)" by R.V. Russell
The struggle between Shiah and Sunni was dividing the world of Islam.
"The Great Events by Famous Historians, Volume 9" by Various
The Shiahs are the dissenters.
"India, Its Life and Thought" by John P. Jones
In religious matters he, following his father's example, displayed a tendency towards the unfashionable doctrines of the Shiahs.
"Rulers of India: Akbar" by George Bruce Malleson
Borrowing so much from the Shiah sects, its fundamental basis in philosophic thought is inferior even to Islam.
"Bahaism and Its Claims" by Samuel Graham Wilson
In religion they are fanatical Moslems of the Shiah sect, but combine relics of nature worship with the tenets of Islam.
"Journeys in Persia and Kurdistan, Volume I (of 2)" by Isabella L. Bird
The Persians are Shiah Mohammedans, whilst the Arabs and Turks are Sunnis.
"Behind the Veil in Persia and Turkish Arabia" by M. E. Hume-Griffith
The two main sects are the Sunnis and the Shiahs.
"Encyclopaedia Britannica, 11th Edition, Volume 14, Slice 4" by Various
The Turis, being Shiah Mahommedans, never liked the Afghan rule.
"Encyclopaedia Britannica, 11th Edition, Volume 15, Slice 8" by Various
***

In poetry:

Also thy bullet hurts me not a little,
Thy Shiah blood might serve to salve the ill.
Maybe some Afghan Promises are brittle;
Never a Promise to oneself, to kill!
"This Month The Almonds Bloom At Kandahar" by Laurence Hope
Aha! Friend Amir Ali! it is Duty
To rid the World from Shiah dogs like thee,
They are but ill-placed moles on Islam's beauty,
Such as the Faithful cannot calmly see!
"This Month The Almonds Bloom At Kandahar" by Laurence Hope