WikiShia

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WikiShia
WikiShia Logo
Web addresswww.wikishia.net
SloganAn online encyclopedia of the school of Ahl al-Bayt (a)
Commercial?No
Type of site
Wiki
RegistrationLimited
Available inEnglish, Farsi, Arabic, Spanish, French, Bahasa Indonesia, Turkish, Urdu, German, Russian
Usersover 350
Written inPHP
OwnerAhl al-Bayt (a) World Assembly
LaunchedJune 22, 2014
Current statusRunning

WikiShia is a free online encyclopedia about Shi'a, one of the major denominations in Islam. This wiki contains more than 26000 pages about Shi'a in fifteen languages including English, Farsi, Arabic, Spanish, French, Bahasa Indonesia, Turkish, Urdu, German, Russian, Chinese, Hindi, Tajiki, Bengali, and Swahili. WikiShia, which is affiliated with Ahl al-Bayt (a) World Assembly, was officially launched on June 22, 2014 in the International Congress of Sibt al-Nabi (a) in Tehran, by Hassan Rouhani, the former president of the Islamic Republic of Iran.

The word "Shi'a" (Arabic: شيعة) literally means "follower". This term is used for the people who believe in Ali b. Abi Talib (a) as the first and the inherent successor of Prophet Muhammad (s), in religious leadership and the caliphate of Muslims. WikiShia provides visitors and readers with information about Shia's twelve Imams and their families as well as the political, social and cultural aspects of their lives. This wiki is managed by a group of scholars in Qom, Iran.

Due to religious disagreements, authors try their best to benefit from first-hand sources accepted by the two great Islamic schools (Shi'a and Sunni).

History of WikiShia

Backgrounds

Religion in general, Islam and especially Shiism are among topics on which there is extensive information provided in many encyclopedias. The contributors of these encyclopedias either lack enough Islamic information or might be non-believers in Islam or Shi'a, which is why frequent misconceptions and errors are found in entries regarding Islamic concepts.

Due to the problems in those websites about the beliefs of Shi'a, the needs of the Shi'a around the world and also other researchers to access genuine Islamic and Shi'a beliefs remain unmet and it was found necessary to build this encyclopedia on the web for them. Therefore, launching WikiShia with the goal of introducing and defending the school of the Ahl al-Bayt (a) was scheduled among the programs of the Cultural Deputy of the Ahl al-Bayt (a) World Assembly.

Beginning

On May 22, 2013, the first session for collaboration of the authors of WikiShia was held[1] and after some sessions, on June 18, the first entry of WikiShia was published on the web. And so, on July 2013, the website was made accessible to all Internet viewers.

Official Launch

On Sunday, June 22, 2014 'WikiShia' was inaugurated in a ceremony participated by President Hassan Rouhani. Photo by Fars News Agency.

On June 22, 2014, at the International Congress of Sibt al-Nabi (a) in Tehran, WikiShia was officially launched by Hassan Rouhani, the president of the Islamic Republic of Iran.

Features

Content Extension

The content of WikiShia includes:

  • Beliefs, figures, books, places, events, ceremonies and rituals, sects believing in the Ahl al-Bayt (a), history of Shi'a and any other issue which would be related to the Ahl al-Bayt (a) in some ways.
  • General Islamic concepts that are accepted by all Muslims or are related to Islamic history.
  • Concepts related to other Islamic sects will be introduced in WikiShia only if they are related to the school of Ahl al-Bayt (a) in some ways or if they are frequently mentioned in WikiShia.

Number of the articles

The first entry of English WikiShia was Hannana Mosque which was published on November 30, 2013. By the end of 2014, the number of articles reached 597. Right now, WikiShia has 4,431 articles in English and this number is growing day by day.

Supervision of the Content

  • The content of WikiShia is supervised, so it can be relied upon as an authentic source for introducing Shi'a.
  • WikiShia is an encyclopedia that is currently running in a way that limited number of authors, but it is planned to be opened to all Shi'as so that they can contribute to its perfection and propagate the teachings of the Ahl al-Bayt (a). Currently, editing this encyclopedia is only possible through the permission of the managers. Users are allowed to contribute to writing the entries in order to increase the scholarly value of them.

Neutrality Policy

  • Neutrality policy in the concepts of Shi'a and the Ahl al-Bayt (a) are well observed but it is obvious that WikiShia is preaching the school of the Ahl al-Bayt (a) and the entries are written to explain and defend their teachings.
  • WikiShia entries are not scientific-research, meaning that the discussions are not first-hand and original and do not try to solve scholarly problems; therefore, WikiShia tries to present available information of current resources and thus authors should not present their personal ideas.
  • Judgment about scholarly and historical disagreements is left to the reader; thus, WikiShia stays neutral in such cases.
  • Due to religious disagreements, authors try their best to benefit from first-hand sources accepted by the two great Islamic schools (Shi'a and Sunni).

Other Features

  • Constant editing.
  • Updating and adding information to entries.
  • History tab on top of every page, where any change in the entry is recorded and readers can see the changes and the authors.
  • The page "Recent changes" shows all changes made to the entries of WikiShia to the readers.
  • The option for retrieving previous information and changes.
  • Cross-links between entries, without much effort you can read about anything mentioned in the entries without searching and the reader can instantly hit the cross-link and go to the entries explaining the concepts in the links. This feature helps the reader to have access to all the concepts in every entry and receive complete information regarding the topic he is studying.
  • Linking every entry in one language to the same entry in other languages.
  • Using categories at the end of entries, categories are general topics and topic indices of WikiShia.
  • Navigation templates, which make the links related to every entry in the horizontal box below the entries and sometimes are placed vertically at the sides of the entries. The links between the concepts in these boxes are parallel so that all these concepts are categorized under one general topic.
  • Infoboxes, which are usually placed above entries and play the role of presenting information in brief. By referring to Infobox, one can get a picture of the major issues mentioned in the entry without reading all of it.
  • Every page and entry in Wikishia has a discussion tab as well. The discussion page allows the readers to alarm the authors and editors of the entries about their opinions. The discussion page is in fact a place for discussion of experts and enthusiasts on one topic and helps the content richness of the entries.

Launch history of WikiShia Languages

  • Currently, Wikishiya is available in 22 languages:
Line Language Launch date First article Explanations
1 Persian June 18, 2013
صریا
Unveiled on July 1, 2014, during the Sabbat al-Nabi (a) Congress.
2 Arabic November 25, 2013
تهذيب الأحكام (كتاب)
Unveiled on July 1, 2014, during the Sabbat al-Nabi (a) Congress.
3 English November 30, 2013
Al-Hannana Mosque
Unveiled on July 1, 2014, during the Sabbat al-Nabi (a) Congress.
4 Urdu March 18, 2014
امام علی علیہ السلام
Unveiled on July 1, 2014, during the Sabbat al-Nabi (a) Congress.
5 Türkçe April 10, 2014
Hz. Fatıma Zehra (s.a)
Unveiled on July 1, 2014, during the Sabbat al-Nabi (a) Congress.
6 Español May 22, 2014
Profeta Muhammad (PBD)
Unveiled on July 1, 2014, during the Sabbat al-Nabi (a) Congress.
7 Indonesia August 25, 2014
Imam Ali bin Abi Thalib as
8 Français August 26, 2014
Verset d'al-Mubâhala
9 Deutsch September 20, 2016
Die Vier Stellvertreter
10 Русский February 28, 2018
Хадис Сакалайн
11 中文 July 15, 2022
后世
Unveiled at the 7th session of the General Assembly of the Ahl al-Bayt World Assembly
12 Kiswahil July 18, 2022
Eid al-ghadir
Unveiled at the 7th session of the General Assembly of the Ahl al-Bayt World Assembly
13 हिन्दी July 29, 2022
आय ए इकमाल
Unveiled at the 7th session of the General Assembly of the Ahl al-Bayt World Assembly
14 বাংলা August 22, 2022
প্রথম মুসলিম
Unveiled at the 7th session of the General Assembly of the Ahl al-Bayt World Assembly
15 Тоҷикӣ August 22, 2022
Аввалин мусулмон
Unveiled at the 7th session of the General Assembly of the Ahl al-Bayt World Assembly
16 Pashto January 16, 2023
د شیعو امامان
Unveiled on the 44th anniversary of the victory of the Islamic Revolution of Iran
17 Azəricə January 17, 2023
Məvəddət ayəsi
Unveiled on the 44th anniversary of the victory of the Islamic Revolution of Iran
18 Burmese January 26, 2023
آیه صلوات
Unveiled on the 44th anniversary of the victory of the Islamic Revolution of Iran
19 Português February 1, 2023
Imames xiitas
Unveiled on the 44th anniversary of the victory of the Islamic Revolution of Iran
20 Italiano February 8, 2023
WikiShia
Unveiled on the 44th anniversary of the victory of the Islamic Revolution of Iran
21 Hausa February 9, 2023
Kyautar zobe
Unveiled on the 44th anniversary of the victory of the Islamic Revolution of Iran
22 Thai February 12, 2023
อะบาอับดิลลาฮ์ (ฉายานาม)
Unveiled on the 44th anniversary of the victory of the Islamic Revolution of Iran


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