There are two main branches of Islam, the Sunni and the Shia. Shia is the smaller branch and consists of 15% of the Muslim population worldwide. Most Shias (known in the west as Twelvers, or Ithnasheris) believe in 12 divinely appointed successors of Prophet Mohammed, but there are significant groups who believe in only 5 or 7 Imams. Shias are in the majority in Iran and Iraq.
Site which serves as a resource for anyone wanting to learn about Islam, whether you are a non Muslim or a Muslim. Includes a large collection of online books and multimedia resources.
E-zine which aims to propagate Islam; includes an archive of previous editions.
Converts to Islam
Offers information on Islam, convert stories, and advice sections for new Muslims.
Islam for Dummies
Substantial collection of resources on Islam from a Shia perspective, with a strong emphasis on mutual respect between Sunni and Shia.
Islam from the inside out
Islam and Islamic issues from a philosophical, esoteric viewpoint - looking from the inside out. [RSS]
Play and Learn
A good collection of articles on Islamic history, Fiqh and scholars. Also has a children's section.
Rafed Network for Cultural Development
Resources on Islam, the Shia and the Ahlul Bayt.
Revert Muslims Association
An on-line community and resource portal for those new to Islam. Includes a forum, resources about faith and practice, and revert stories.
Articles on prophethood, resurrection, Imamat, justice and Quran. Multimedia section included.
Scientific and Cultural Institute of Dar al Hadith
Produces publications in the field of hadith in Arabic and Farsi, including books, journals, and software. Includes articles on Shia use of Hadith traditions. [English, Arabic and Farsi]
Shi'a home page
Site has Articles about Islamic fundamentals, the Imams and important Muslims. Also has a list of Islamic organizations and websites.
A schematic overview of the Shia tradition, with articles on the main groups.
Aims to assist Shia Muslims in finding a suitable match for Marriage.
Tafseer Al Mizan
An introduction to, and some chapters of, an exegesis of the Qur'an by Al-Allamah al-Sayyid Muhammad Husayn at-Tabataba'i. Also includes articles, and FAQ.
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