This Shia domination, combined with the historic persecution of Shia believers at the hands of Sunnis, has resulted in Tehran assuming the role of guardians of Shia Islam
The Arab states in particular, are happy to arm and train Salafi groups that share the same ideology as al Qaeda, to join in the "jihad" against Shia Islam
Najaf, which lies south of Baghdad, is home to a shrine to a revered figure in Shia Islam
Minister of Tourism Hesham Zzou told the media that fears of the spread of Shia Islam
in Egypt are exaggerated.
The Sunni-led March 14 political movement backs the rebels while the powerful Shiite movement Hezbollah and its allies back the regime of Syrian President Bashar al-Assad, an Alawite whose faith is an offshoot of Shia Islam
BAGHDAD (TAP) - A car bomb has killed at least 27 Shia Muslim pilgrims in the town of Mussayab, south of Baghdad, as worshippers from around the world thronged Iraq's shrine city of Karbala to finish mourning rituals for a revered figure in Shia Islam
With an armed insurgency increasingly eclipsing civilian protests, many fear Syria is drifting towards a sectarian war that would pit majority Sunni Muslims against Assad's minority Alawite sect, an offshoot of Shia Islam
Moreover, it is a tenet Shia Islam
(largely Iranian) that Jesus will indeed return to bring peace and justice to the world alongside the Twelfth Imam.
The Houthis are members of the Zaidi sect of Shia Islam
and follow the teachings of Bader Al-Deen Al-Houthi and his son, Hussein, the first leader of uprising who was killed in 2004.
His life exemplified the awakening and increasing global influence of Shia Islam
Separate chapters examine the evolution of norms of war in Hinduism, Theravada Buddhism, Japanese religion, Judaism, Roman Catholic Christianity, Eastern Orthodox Christianity, Protestant Christianity, Shia Islam
, and Sunni Islam.
They visited the al-Askari mosque in Samarra, one of the holiest sites of Shia Islam
, whose devastation in a bomb attack in 2006 unleashed a wave of sectarian violence that brought Iraq to the brink of civil war.
RELIGIONS Shia Islam
89% Sunni Islam 9% Other 2% ETHNIC GROUPS Persian 51% Azeri 24% Gilaki and Mazandarani 8% Kurd 7% Arab 3% Other 7% Note: Table made from pie chart.
has allowed a similar practice known as mut'a ("pleasure") marriage for centuries--except that the Shia version is somewhat less hypocritical, making no secret of the union's nature and allowing the contract to be dissolved without a divorce.
According to Professor Nasr, the terror regime represented by Ahmadinejad and Khamenei, and their whipping up of Shia Islam
to serve their revolutionary purpose, is actually "constructive" and positive.