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How to Pronounce Shiites?

Correct pronunciation for the word "Shiites" is [ʃˈɪa͡ɪts], [ʃˈɪa‍ɪts], [ʃ_ˈɪ__aɪ_t_s].

"Shiites" in context

Shiites are a small but influential branch of the Islamic faith. They are adherents of the doctrine of the Shia, or followers of the Prophet Muhammad's son-in-law, Ali. Shiites comprise around 10-20% of the entire Islamic population and make up the majority of the population in countries such as Iraq, Bahrain, and Iran. Shiites differ from other Muslims in that their core beliefs are based on the teachings of particular Imams. They believe these Imams are the rightful successors of Muhammad, and that these Imams have the authority to interpret the Quran. Shiites also have more relaxed family and social rules than many other Muslims.

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