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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
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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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It involved a military coup against Nasser using the Eastern Front Army, headquartered in the Suez Canal town of Ismailiyah.
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The defense panel also requested transferring the case to another court, arguing that the Emergency State Security Court was not specialized in such cases since all suspects were charged or arrested in the district of Ismailiyah and should be tried in a local court in line with the penal law.
Halevy covered the December 1977 summit meeting between Egypt's President Anwar-Sadat and the Prime Minister of Israel in Ismailiyah, Egypt.
In the early Middle Ages when the Muslim Caliphates of the Middle East and Spain were undoubtedly the most civilised countries in the world, and when most people in Europe were living in mud huts, members of the Nizari Ismailiyah, sought paradise by assassination and terror.
CAIRO, Dec 12 (KUNA) -- The car explosion that targeted a Central Security Forces center on the desert road between Cairo and Ismailiyah governorates on Thursday killed at least one trooper and injured 12 others in uniform.