Pronunciation: (shē'īt), [key]
a member of one of the two great religious divisions of Islam that regards Ali, the son-in-law of Muhammad, as the legitimate successor of Muhammad, and disregards the three caliphs who succeeded him. Also,Shi'ite,Shiعa,Shiعah,Shi•عiPronunciation: (shē-ē', shē'ē). [key]Cf. Sunni (def. 1).
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