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 (ä-lē′) Full name Ali ibn Abi Talib. 600?-661.
Muslim caliph (656-661) whose reign was marked by the division of Islam into Sunni and Shiite sects. This schism intensified after his assassination by members of a third Muslim sect.
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1. (Biography) ?600–661 ad, fourth caliph of Islam (656–61 ad), considered the first caliph by the Shiites: cousin and son-in-law of Mohammed
2. (Biography) See Mehemet Ali
3. (Biography) See Muhammad Ali
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(ˈɑ li, ɑˈli for 1–4; ɑˈli for 5 )

1. (‘Alī ibn-abu-Talib), a.d. c600-61, fourth caliph of Islam 656-661 (cousin and son-in-law of Muhammad): considered the first caliph by Shi‘ites.
2. Muhammad (Cassius Marcellus Clay, Jr.), born 1942, U.S. boxer.
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2.Ali - the fourth caliph of Islam who is considered to be the first caliph by Shiites; he was a cousin and son-in-law of Muhammad; after his assassination Islam was divided into Shiite and Sunnite sects
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The twelve Shiite imams are as follows: (1) Imam Ali Ibn Abu Talib Al Murtadha (the Satisfied One) (2) Imam Al Hasan Al Mujtabah (the Chosen One), (3) Imam Al Hussein Sayyid Al Shuhudah (the Lord of the Martyrs), (4) Imam Ali Zain Al Abidin (the Jewel of the Believers), (5) Imam Muhammad Al Baqir (the Spreader of Knowledge), (6) Imam Jaafar Al Sadiq (the Truthful One), (7) Imam Musa Al Kazim (the Patient One), (8) Imam Ali Al Ridha (the Accepted One), (9) Imam Muhammad Al Taqi (the Pious One), (10) Imam Ali Al Naqi (the Pure One), (11) Imam Hasan Al Askari (the One with an Army), and (12) Imam Muhammad Al Mahdi (the Rightly-Guided One).