Is•ma•‘i•li•ya(ˌɪs meɪ əˈli ə, -maɪ ə-)
1. a Shi‘ite sect having an esoteric philosophy.
[< Arabic Īsmā‘īlīyah, derivative of Ismā‘īl (died 760), recognized by the Isma‘ilis as the 7th imam in the succession from Ali]
Is•ma•‘il•i (-ˈɪl i) •an (-ˈɪl i ən) n., adj.
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