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n. pl. Zaidi or Zai·dis
A member of any of various branches of Shiism, concentrated mainly in the southern Arabian Peninsula, that accept the authority though not the infallibility of living imams as temporal and spiritual successors to Muhammad.

[Arabic zaydī, after Zayd ibn Ali (died 740), whom Zaidis recognize as the fifth imam, in contrast to Twelver Shiites, who recognize his brother Muhammad ibn Ali al-Baqir (676-c. 743) as the fifth imam.]
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The faction known as the Zaidis chose Ali's son Zaid as the fifth Imam.
In Yemen, there are no mosques for Zaidis and others for Sunnis.
Fighting between the Zaidis and Yemeni forces following the 2004 rebellion killed thousands of people before a ceasefire was reached in February 2010.
Mustafa Zaidis first poetry book, Zangeerein/Roshni, (chains /light) was published in Allahabad, India in 1949 under the pseudonym Tegh Allahabadi (Sword of Allahabad), when he was just nineteen.
According to details of Ms Zaidis case, a candidate Najma Ahmad had challenged Zaidis election for a seat reserved for women, alleging that Zaidi was not a graduate and that she had also been elected as an MPA in previous Punjab assembly on a fake BA degree.
They are neither Twelvers [Ethna Ashari], nor Zaidis, nor Shafis, nor Jafaris.
The organization condemned the arrests in a statement on its website, saying that Zaidis were being accused of being part of the political conflict in the north because they shared a common religious belief with the Houthi rebels.
The government accuses the rebels, known also as Huthis, of seeking to restore the Zaidi imamate which ended in a republican coup in 1962 and says they are backed by Iran, charges which the Zaidis deny.
Summary: The leader of Shiite rebels accused the government on Sunday of discriminating against his group, the Zaidis, vowing to continue the fight against the army.
Whereas the majority of Shiites believe that a finite line of 12 Imams succeeded the Prophet Muhammad, Zaidis assert that Zaid ibn Ali, after whom they are named, should have rightfully been recognized as the 5th Imam instead of his brother.
Zaidis contributions will gain amazing significance with the passage of time as publication of sixteen volumes of Jinnah Papers under his Editorship have documented the history of the freedom movement of Pakistan with skill, scholarship and authentic overtones.
Mustafa Zaidis first poetry book, Zangeerein/Roshni, (chains/light) was published in Allahabad when he was just nineteen.