On page 78 of The Qur'an: A Short Introduction, Farid Esack tells us, in a footnote to a passage on the controversy over whether the copy of the Qur'an that 'Ali ibn Abi Talib compiled differed significantly from the one which became the standard text under 'Uthman,
The Rafidis, usually descripted as "a group of extremist Shi'is" alleged the 'Uthman had expunged some verses from the Qur'an (Zarkashi 1972 1:240). Literally, meaning "repudiators", the term was also used as a term of abuse by some Sunni theologians for all Shi'is. None of the earlier Shi'i groups that rejected the authenticity of the 'Uthmannic canon are still in existence.
The last sentence is phrased oddly.Posted by Ideofact at August 24, 2003 11:49 PM