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 (ĭs′mä-ē′lē) also Is·ma·i·li·an (-ē′lē-ən)
n. pl. Is·ma·i·lis also Is·ma·i·li·ans
A member of a branch of Shiism that follows a living imam and is noted for esoteric philosophy.

[Arabic Isma'īlīy, after Isma'īl (died 760), son of the sixth imam, Jafar (700?-765).]


(ˌɪzmɑːˈiːlɪ) or


npl -lis
1. (Islam) a Shiah sect whose adherents believe that Ismail, son of the sixth imam, was the rightful seventh imam
2. (Islam) Also called: Ismailian a member of this sect
ThesaurusAntonymsRelated WordsSynonymsLegend:
Noun1.Ismaili - an adherent of Ismailism; a member of the Ismaili branch of Shiism
adherent, disciple - someone who believes and helps to spread the doctrine of another
Adj.1.Ismaili - of or relating to a branch of Shiism that is noted for its esoteric philosophy
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Summary: 17 universities represented at reception hosted by Ismaili Centre Dubai
By ALLAUDIN QURESHIA unique festival that is designed to encourage a deeper appreciation of the artistic expressions within the Ismaili community has captured the imagination of our culturally awake showgoers in the past couple of weeks.
KARACHI -- Sindh Governor Mohammad Zubair and Sindh Chief Minister Syed Murad Ali Shah Thursday warmly received and welcomed spiritual leader of Shia Ismaili Community Prince Karim Aga Khan at Karachi Airport.
KARACHI -- Prince Karim Aga Khan, the spiritual leader of the Ismaili community, was accorded a warm reception on his arrival here on Thursday.
CHITRAL -- Prince Karim Aga Khan, the spiritual leader of the Ismaili community, said that peace is must for development of the region.
As for the Western media's relentless charge that the Aga Khan lives a 'lavish' or 'affluent life', the Ismaili Imam has answered and dismissed the veracity of these claims on multiple occasions.
Chantilly, July 11 -- Tomorrow, on 11 July 2017, His Highness the Aga Khan will mark his Diamond Jubilee, or 60th year as the 49th hereditary Imam (spiritual leader) of the world's Shia Ismaili Muslims.
by Alya Al Harthy / Yousuf Al Balushi The Director of Market Regulation for the PACP, Hilal bin Saud Al Ismaili, has indicated that the Authority will intensify inspection efforts in shopping centres and stores as Ramadan approaches.
Kitab Ikhtilaf usul al-madhahib (hereafter, Ikhtilaf) is a foundational legal text in the Ismaili school wherein its celebrated author al-Qadl al-Numan (d.
Asked whether this initiative can be regarded as a signal for his party boycotting the elections, even if UNITY signed a coalition with the PDSH Reform Movement and NDP, Secretary General Muhamed Ismaili stressed that their intention is to equally arrange the electoral districts.
WASHINGTON, May 14 (KUNA) -- US Secretary of State John Kerry on Thursday "strongly" condemned the May 13 bus attack which killed dozens of members of the Ismaili community in Karachi, Pakistan.
NNA - At least five minority Shiite Ismaili Muslims were killed and dozens injured after gunmen opened fire on their bus in Pakistan's southern hub of Karachi, official sources said, with the death toll expected to rise sharply.