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The Shi'a branch of Islam has its roots in disagreements about the succession to the Prophet Muhammad. One group of companions held that Ali ibn Abi Talib (the Prophet's cousin, son-in-law, and father of his only bloodline), had been designated by Muhammad as his successor, and that community leadership should be inherited through the family line - the Imams.

Zaydis believe there were five Imams, four shared with other Shi'a. They are primarily based in Yemen.

Ismailis believe in seven Imams, sharing a common lineage of six with most Shi'a. The followers of the Aga Khan are the largest group among Ismailis.

The most prominent, and largest, Shi'a group (the Ithna'sheri or Twelvers) believe there to have been a lineage of twelve Imams. They form the majority of the populations in Iran and Iraq, and substantial minorities in several other Muslim countries.

Shi'a Islam has developed a distinctive theology, jurisprudence, and spirituality. Between 10 and 15% of the world population of Muslims are Shi'a.
  • Aalulbayt Global Information Center

    A project based in Qom, Iran, to provide and maintain an onlne library of resources on the Qur'an, Hadith, and Shia belief and practice.

  • Al-Islam

    The Ahlul Bayt Digital Islamic Library Project provides resources on Islam from a Shi'ite Twelver (Ithnasheri) perspective; includes a library of resources and articles.

  • Imam Reza Network

    Non-profit organization that aims to spread the ideals and sublime teachings Islam with emphasis on the holy life and works of Hazrat Imam Abul Hasan Ali ibn Musa ar-Reza. Includes the life and times of Imam Reza, information about the holy city of Mashad, Islamic resources, and useful links.

  • Revert Muslims Association

    A collection of resources for new "converts"/reverts to Islam. Includes articles and resources on the Qur'an and Islam, a forum, and personal stories.

  • The Shia

    Offers an introduction and overview of Shia Islam, with a collection of articles and biographies, and a worldwide listing of Shia mosques and organizations.

  • Tafseer Al-Mizan

    A guide to a famous set of volumes of exegisis of the Qur'an by 'Allamah Tabataba'i; includes a summary and excerpts from his writings.

  • The World Federation of Khoja Shia Ithna-Asheri Muslim Communities

    Established to promote the values and practices of the Islamic Shia Ithna Asheri faith. Includes a description of their programs and activities, covering religion, community, and humanitarian action.

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