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Shia: 1250 to 1920: Middle East

Shia is a Muslim political and religious minority that constitutes one of the three early communities in Islam (in addition to ahl al-sunna wa-'l-jama'a and khawarij). Shia distinguished themselves as the partisans of Ali ibn Abi Talib (d. 661) in his claim for the caliphate and in his ...

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