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Shi'a is the second largest denomination of Islam, after Sunni. Followers of Shi'a Islam are known as Shi'as or Shi'ites. In contrast to other schools of thought within the Muslim faith, Shi'a Islam holds that Muhammad's family, and certain of those among his descendants, known as Imams, have special spiritual and political rule over the community, rejecting the legitimacy of the first three Rashidun caliphs. Shi'a Islam is divided into three branches: the Twelver, the Ismaili, and the Zaidi.






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