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Definition of the Word ‘Shi`ah’

The Word ‘Shi`ah’ in the Qur’an and its Meaning

The Word Shi`ah in the Sunnah and the Meanings Implied

The Word Shi`ah and its Meaning in the Books of the Ithna `Ashariyyah

The Word Shi`ah in the Light of Islamic History

 

The Technical Meaning of the Word Shi`ah

a. Defined by the Books of the Ithna `Ashariyyah

The First Definition

An Analysis of the First Definition

The Second Definition

An Analysis of the Second Definition

The Third Definition of the Word Shi`ah

Other Definitions of the Word Shi`ah

b. Definition of the Word Shi`ah from the Books of the Isma`ili

c. Definition of the Word Shi`ah from Other Sources

The Definition of Abu al-Hasan al-Ash`ari

An Analysis of the Definition

The Definition of Ibn Hazm

The Definition of al-Shahrastani

d. The Most Appropriate Definition

 

The Inception of the Shi`ah and its Historical Roots

Views of the Shi`ah Regarding Their Inception

The First View

An Analysis of this View

The Second View (of the Shi`ah)

An Analysis of this View

The Third View

The Views of Non-Shi`ah Regarding the Inception of Shi`ism

The First View

An Analysis of this View

The Second View

The Third View

The Fourth View

The Preferred View

The Origins of Shi`ism

The View that it has Jewish Roots

The View that Shi`ism is of Persian Origin

The View that Shi`ism is the Home of Old Asian Beliefs

The Preferred View Regarding the Origin of Shi`ism

 

The Sects of the Shi`ah

The Titles of the Ithna `Ashariyyah Shi`ah’s

Al-Shi`ah:

Al-Imamiyyah

Al-Ithna al-`Ashariyyah

Al-Qat`iyyah

Ashab al-Intizar

Al-Rafidah

Al-Ja`fariyyah

Al-Khassah (the special ones)

The Sects of the Ithna `Ashariyyah

 
 

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