By: Jill Ricotta
('Ali [علي], one of the main figures of Shia Islam, in a very typical and popular Shiite-style representation)
Shi’a Islam has been misunderstood since basically the beginning of its existence. Around the world, people don’t know what it is, or that Islam has multiple sects. Even in the Middle East/South East Asia region, other Muslims view Shiism as bizarre, hyper-emotional, or even antithetical to the message of the Prophet.