Shiism

  • (noun): The branch of Islam that regards Ali as the legitimate successor to Mohammed and rejects the first three caliphs.

Some articles on shiism:

Shi'a–Sunni Relations - History - Shia–Sunni in Persia - Shiism in Persia After Safavids
... Ismail I initiated a religious policy to recognize Shiism as the official religion of the Safavid Empire, and the fact that modern Iran remains an officially ... He thus had to enforce official Shiism violently, putting to death those who opposed him ...
Ali Shariati - Views
... He sought to translate these ideas into cultural symbols of Shiism that Iranians could relate to ... Shariati referred to his brand of Shiism as "red Shiism" which he contrasted with clerical-dominated, unrevolutionary "black Shiism" or Safavid Shiism ...
Shiite Tide - Conversion To Shia
... to describe those who convert to Twelver Shiism ... 's office in London broadcast the ceremony of the declaration of conversion to Shiism by Mounir al-Khair from Morocco and Khalid Shimri from Kuwait ... Usually, those who convert to Twelver Shiism are offered special accommodation within Twelver Shiite institutions ...
Lebanese Shi'a Muslims - History - Under Mamluk and Ottoman Rule - Relations With Iranian Shi'a
... the state religion of Persia during the Safavid conversion of Iran from Sunnism to Shiism ... Since most of the population embraced Sunni Islam and since an educated version of Shiism was scarce in Iran at the time, Ismail imported a new Shia Ulema corps from ... These scholars taught the doctrine of Twelver Shiism and made it accessible to the population and energetically encouraged conversion to Shiism ...
Muhammad Baqir Majlisi - Influence and Beliefs
... point, as he successfully undercut the influence of Sufism and philosophic rationalism in Shiism ... "Up to the time of Majlisi, Shiism and Sufism were closely linked and indeed Sufism had been a vehicle for pro-Shii sentiment among the Sunnis ... the succeeding generations of ulama" so that Sufism became "divorced from Shiism and ceased to influence the main stream of Shii development ...