a member of one of the two great sects of Muslims: Shiites consider Ali, Muhammad's son-in-law and the fourth of the caliphs, as the first Imam and the rightful successor of Muhammad, and do not accept the Sunna as authoritative
Origin of ShiiteArabic sh??a, followers, faction, sect ; from sh??a, to spread, circulate
A member of the branch of Islam that regards Ali and his descendants as the legitimate successors to Muhammad and rejects the first three caliphs.
Of or relating to the Shiites or their branch of Islam.
Origin of ShiiteArabic š&imacron;‘a, partisans; see Shia.