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Shia Population

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Shia Islam is the second largest denomination of the Islamic Faith, after Sunni Islam, having about 15% of Muslims worldwide. Shias adhere to the teachings of Islamic prophet Muhammad, but differ from Sunni in following the religious guidance of his family (who are referred to as the Ahl al-Bayt) or his descendants known as Shi’a Imams, whom they consider to be infallible. A large portion of the world’s Shia live in the Middle East, especially Iran, where 90% of the population is Shia. (Information source: Wikipedia)

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Technical Notes

Territory size shows the proportion of the world’s Shia population  living there.

Data sources
The World Christian Database (WCD) was our main source of data for this series of religion maps compiled in 2009. Please find further information about the data and its compilation in the Worldmapper archive.

Further adjustments to the data were made in March 2018, first and foremost to account for major geopolitical changes, and adjusting to reflect the changing population distributions. We aim to map as complete data as possible and therefore estimate data for missing values. In some cases, missing data for very small territories is not used in the cartogram and that area is therefore omitted in the map.

Further notes on the data, as well as all modifications to the original data source are noted in our data sheets.

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