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Shiism from the 12th/18th to the 14th/20th Centuries

During the past three centuries, Shi'ism has followed its natural rate of growth as before. At the present moment, during the latter part of the 14th/ loth century, Shi ism is recognized as the official religion of Iran, and in the Yemen and Iraq the majority of the population is Shi'ite. In nearly all lands where there are Muslims, one can find a certain number of Shi'ites. It has been said that altogether in the world today, there are about eighty to ninety million Shi'ites.

Adapted from: "Shi'ah" by: "Allamah Sayyid Muhammad Husayn Tabataba'i"