The Shiapedia is a free online English encyclopedia that covers topics pertaining to Islam & the Muslim world. The aim of the site is to create a portal that provides a source of information for Muslims and non-Muslims alike, to further study and understand the Shia school of thought.
About The Shiapedia
The domain www.theshiapedia.com was registered on October 20th 2011. The project itself was not a completely unique idea, as there have been other attempts to start similar wiki sites. However, The Shiapedia was the first of its kind as it was utilizing the MediaWiki platform.
Main page: Disclaimers
The disclaimer applies to all pages on The Shiapedia website. The content on this site is for informational purposes only and is recommended not to be used as citation or reference for academic or other relevant works.
Pages related to specific religious rules, laws and beliefs more often than not have references to sources from where they have been referenced from to give them credibility and to enable readers to refer to them.
At times, readers may come across a piece of content that may be incorrect or misleading. The Shiapedia requests its readers to utilize the discussion panel or contact form to submit content for new pages in order for one of the team members to modify it accordingly. Below is an example of a suggestion for a mistake on a page:
The Shias believe that their are thirteen Imams who came after the demise of the Prophet Muhammad (pbuh).
Go to The Shiapedia's contact form and provide them with the page title in the subject and as well as mention your intent of providing content modification. Below is an example of a message an individual may send in the contact form:
Assalam-u-Allaikum I came across the page titled The Imams and noticed that there was incorrect information present there. Please revise the following line from: The Shias believe that their are thirteen Imams who came after the demise of the Prophet Muhammad (pbuh). to The Shias believe that there are twelve Imams who came after the demise of the Prophet Muhammad (pbuh).
For more complex and larger modifications, please use the Discussion panel on the top of the page that you wish to suggest changes to.
The Shiapedia content criteria
The aim of The Shiapedia is to keep originally written content, however the site does not publish any material that has been originally researched by the team and devised as a new thought, idea or contribution to the Islamic teachings. All topics are heavily focused on referencing sources. Furthermore:
- The Shiapedia is not a manual, guide, book, textbook, newspaper or a journal
- The Shiapedia is not a blog, social network or directory