Shia Islam Varieties

The following chart is given as an image. There is a special emphasis on movements coming off Shia Islam and this complements webpages on the Bahai Faith.
Note that the tree and list below is not exhaustive. It only briefly mentions some Sunni developments and covers the Sufi groups' claims for early origins (in light green). Many developments are not recognised by Shia and Sunni Muslims. Ahmadiyya Muslim Jamaat (Community) state they are Muslims but are not recognised by other Muslims; Bahais do not claim they are Muslims and their repression by Muslims comes about because they have Islamic origins and have superseded Islam - which is not supposed to happen. Most Babis accept Baha'u'llah's claims so now they can be counted with Bahais and not distinct, whereas at the time the Babi movement split between those who followed Sub-i-Azal and those who followed Baha'u'llah.


Adrian Worsfold

Pluralist - Liberal and Thoughtful