Ismaili

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Is·ma·i·li

 (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).]
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Ismaili

(ˌɪzmɑːˈiːlɪ) or

Isma'ili

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
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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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The authors of the Rasa'il (and it does not matter here whether we call them Isma'ilis or "proto-Isma'ilis") had a clear missionary agenda.
Size of Religious Religions: Sunni (Hanafi school) 80%; Shiite Minorities (Hazaras, Qizilbash, and Isma'ilis) 19%; other 1% Christians-estimated 500-8,000 persons; Sikh and Hindu-3,000 persons; Bahai's-400 (declared blasphemous in May 2007); Jews-I person; Buddhist-small numbers.
The Yemeni Isma'ilis under the Sulayhid queen Arwa bint A.hmad followed the concealed imam and seceded from Fatimid Cairo.
Size of Religious Religions: Sunni (Hanafi school) 80%; Minorities Shiite (Hazaras, Qizilbash, and Isma'ilis) 19%; other 1% Christians- estimated 500-8,000 persons; Sikh and Hindu-3,000 persons; Bahai's-400 (declared blasphemous in May 2007); Jews-I person; Buddhist- small numbers.
He sees the Isma'ilis as direct and ardent proselytizers whose greatest success was in Upper Sind, among such groups as earlier Alids who had intermarried with indigenous Sindis and even lost their Arabic language, but especially the Hindu community and particularly its agrarian elite.
Size of Religious Religions: Sunni (Hanafi school) 80%; Minorities Shiite (Hazaras, Qizilbash, and Isma'ilis) 19%; other 1% Christians-estimated 500- 8,000 persons; Sikh and Hindu-3,000 persons; Bahai's-400 (declared blasphemous in May 2007); Jews-1 person; Buddhist- small numbers, mostly foreigners.
Size of Religious Religions: Sunni (Hanafi school) 80%; Shiite Minorities (Hazaras, Qizilbash, and Isma'ilis) 19%; other I% Christians- estimated 500-8,000 persons; Sikh and Hindu-3,000 persons; Bahai's-400 (declared blasphemous in May 2007); Jews-1 person; Buddhist- small numbers, mostly foreigners.
Size of Religious Religions: Sunni (Hanafi school) 80%; Shiite Minorities (Hazaras, Qizilbash, and Isma'ilis) 19%; other l%Christians-estimated 500-8,000 persons; Sikh and Hindu-3,000 persons; Bahai's-400 (declared blasphemous in May 2007); Jews-l person; Buddhist- small numbers, mostly foreigners.
Size of Religions: Sunni (Hanafi school) 80%; Shiite Religious (Hazaras, Qizilbash, and Isma'ilis) 19%; other Minorities 1% Christians-estimated 500-8,000 persons; Sikh and Hindu-3,000 persons; Bahai's-400 (declared blasphemous in May 2007); Jews-1 person; Buddhist- small numbers, mostly foreigners.
Size of Religions: Sunni (Hanafi school) 80%; Religious Shiite (Hazaras, Qizilbash, and Minorities Isma'ilis) 19%; other l% Christians-- estimated 500-8,000 persons; Sikh and Hindu-3,000 persons; Bahai's-400 (declared blasphemous in May 2007); Jews-l person; Buddhist-small numbers, mostly foreigners.
(32) At the same time, however, militant and scientific atheists needed academic Orientologists as providers of knowledge; Klimovich, for instance, referred to Aleksandr Semenov -who was from Barthold's school-as the recognized authority on the Isma'ilis in Central Asia.