1626, in the meaning defined at sense 1
Arabic shīʽa followers, faction, sect
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“Shia.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/Shia. Accessed 26 Jun. 2022.
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