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The Nuttall Encyclopedia
A sect of the Mohammedans, who reject the "Sunna" (q. v .) and championed the claims of Ali Mahommed's cousin and son-in-law to succeed to the Caliphate, and maintain the divine right of his descendants to represent the prophet in the Mohammedan Church. The Persians belong to this sect.
Wood, James, ed. Entry for 'Shiites'. The Nuttall Encyclopedia. https://www.studylight.org/encyclopedias/eng/nut/s/shiites.html. Frederick Warne & Co Ltd. London. 1900.