Shi'a

Minority sect of Islam, distinguished from the more popular Sunni branch. It emerged in early Islamic history as a political faction that supported the rule of Ali, son-in-law of Muhammad and fourth caliph of the Muslim community. This branch of Islam advocates the idea of rule in the Muslim world based on lineage; only descendants of Ali could rule.

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A sect of Islam that emerged in early Islamic history as a political faction that supported the rule of Ali, son-in-law of Muhammad and fourth caliph of the Muslim community. It This branch of Islam advocates the idea of rule in the Muslim world based on lineage; only descendants of Ali could rule. Adherents to this branch of are often associated with militant Islamic fundamentalism. It is distinguished from the larger Sunni branch.

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  1. 1.  The Getty Art & Architecture Thesaurus, 300155110. The J. Paul Getty Trust.