GLOBAL CONNECTIONS: the Near/Middle East

Shii Muslims (also Shiite, Shi'ite, Shi'a)

Shii Muslims make up 10-15 percent of the world's Muslim population today. The They believe that true Islamic leaders must be the descendants of Muhammad's son-in-law, Ali. Members of Shii communities vary from each other on important issues, but all often differ radically from Sunna, especially regarding interpretation of the Quran, jurisprudence, and worship.

Full Glossary